In February, headline inflation decreased to 3.3 percent from 3.5 percent in January. According to the latest data from Statistics Botswana, inflation decreased for: alcoholic beverages and tobacco (from 0.7 to 0.4 percent); clothing and footwear (from 1.6 to 1.5 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (from 3.4 to 3.3 percent); furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (from 2.1 to 2 percent); recreation and culture (from 1.5 to 1.2 percent); restaurants and hotels (from 2.7 to 2.4 percent); and miscellaneous goods and services (from 6.4 to 6.2 percent). The increase in deflation for food and non-alcoholic beverages (from 0 to -0.2 percent) also contributed to the decrease in inflation. However, this was partly offset by inflation increasing with respect to education (3 to 3.2 percent). Inflation remained unchanged for: health (1.1 percent); transport (9.9 percent); and communication (-9.3 percent).
The trimmed mean measure of core inflation and inflation excluding administered prices decreased from 3.6 to 3.5 percent and 1.8 to 1.6 percent, respectively.
Source: Bank of Botswana