Inflation rate to drop further to 15.64% – Analysts


By Ayobami Adedinni

A group of analysts at FSDH have said that the June 2017 inflation rate will drop to 15.64 per cent from 16.25 per cent recorded in the month of May, 2017.

According to them, the general price movements in the consumer goods and services in June 2017 would increase the Composite Consumer Price Index (CCPI) to 233.25 points, representing a month-on-month increase of 1.18%.

It said the increase in the price of food items moderated in the month of June compared with May 2017 adding that it also observed increases in some divisions that contribute to the Core Sub-Index, with the highest price observed in the clothing and footwear divisions.

It noted, “The monthly Food Price Index (FPI) that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released today shows that the Index advanced further in June 2017. The Index averaged 175.2 points, 1.43% higher than the revised value for May 2017, and 6.89% higher than the June 2016 figure.

“Movement in the food prices were in varying directions. Dairy, cereal and meat prices were mostly responsible for the uptick in the value of the Index while sugar and oil prices depreciated.

“The FAO Dairy Price Index appreciated by 8.26% in June 2017. Prices of all dairy products which includes milk powders, cheese and butter appreciated significantly during the period. The FAO Cereal Price Index gained 4.21% from the previous month, representing a one-year high.

“Wheat and rice prices firmed up and were primarily responsible for the uptick in the value of the Index. The FAO Meat Index was up by 1.85% on the backdrop of generally higher prices as import demand strengthened.

“On the flip side, the FAO Vegetable Oil Price Index was down by 3.88%, driven by falling quotations for both palm and soy oils. Good production prospects and bumper harvests contributed to the fall in prices.

“The Sugar Price Index dropped by 13.45% in June 2017 on the heels of weak global import demand and improved supply conditions in the main sugar producing regions in Brazil. Our analysis indicates that the value of the Naira depreciated at the inter-bank market while it appreciated at the parallel market,” it said.

According to them, the Naira lost 0.16% to close at N305.90/US$ at the inter-bank market while it gained 2.96% to close at N371/US$ at the parallel market at the end of June 2017 adding that the appreciation of the Naira in the parallel market is expected to counter the effect of the rising prices of food at the international market.

It said, “The prices of onions, yam, tomatoes, garri, sweet potatoes, palm oil, vegetable oil, Irish potatoes and rice were up by 33.89%, 24.6%, 11.11%, 6.67%, 4.76%, 4.62%, 3.03%, 2.96% and 2.69% respectively.

“Meanwhile, the prices of beans, meat and fish were stable. The movement in the prices of food items during the month resulted in 1.25% increase in our Food and Non-Alcoholic Index to 243.34 points.

“We also noticed increase in the prices of Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas & Other Fuels divisions between May 2017 and June 2017,” it added.


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