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Nigeria’s inflation catapults to 11.9% in November

Posted On: Wed 18 Dec 2019 By TCR NEWS | BLOOMBERG

Nigeria’s inflation rate rose in November as food prices continued climbing following border closures.

 

Consumer prices rose 11.9% from a year earlier compared with 11.6% in October, the Abuja-based National Bureau of Statistics said in a report published Tuesday on its website. The median of three economists’ estimates in a Bloomberg survey was 11.8%.

 

Key insights

  • Nigeria’s central bank held its benchmark rate at 13.5% for a fourth straight meeting in November, saying the impact of the country’s borders closures — designed to stem smuggling — on prices will be “reactionary and temporary.”
  • Food inflation quickened to 14.5% from 14.1% in October. The price of imported rice, Nigeria’s preferred staple, has risen since August, after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the border closures.
  • The International Monetary Fund warned last month Nigeria will experience further inflationary pressures due to excess liquidity in the banking system, driven by negative real yields on short-term government bonds.

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