Inflation remains at 3.5 percent in January 2019

In January, headline inflation remained at 3.5 percent, the same as in December. According to the latest data from Statistics Botswana, inflation decreased for: alcoholic beverages and tobacco (from 0.9 to 0.7 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (from 3.5 to 3.4 percent); transport (from 10 to 9.9 percent); education (from 5.4 to 3 percent); restaurants and hotels (from 2.9 to 2.7 percent); and miscellaneous goods and services (from 6.5 to 6.4 percent). The increase in deflation for communication (from -9.2 to -9.3 percent) also contributed to the decrease in inflation. However, this was offset by inflation increasing with respect to food and non-alcoholic beverages (from -0.2 to 0 percent). Inflation remained unchanged for: clothing and footwear (1.6 percent); furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (2.1 percent); health (1.1 percent); and recreation and culture (1.5 percent).

The trimmed mean measure of core inflation and inflation excluding administered prices remained unchanged at 3.6 and 1.8 percent, respectively.

The Botswana Consumer Price Index (CPI) has been rebased to December 2018, from the previous base period of September 2016. Details about the rebasing are given in Appendices 1 to 3 of the January 2019 CPI publication posted on the Statistics Botswana's website(http://www.statsbots.org.bw).

Source: Bank of Botswana