Data collected in late May, by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), in the cities of Maputo, Beira and Nampula, when compared with those of the previous month, indicate that the country registered a deflation (fall of the general price level) in the order of 0.31 percent. In April, the authority also found deflation. For the month under analysis, INE explains that the drop in prices was mainly due to the food and non-alcoholic beverages division, which contributed to the total monthly variation with around 0.34 negative percentage points (pp). In terms of products, the source highlighted the fall in the prices of tomatoes (10.3 percent), coconut (10.9 percent), fresh fish (1.6 percent), cabbage (7.7 percent), cabbage (10, 4 percent), lettuce (6.2 percent) and motorbikes (2.3 percent), which contributed to the total monthly variation with a negative 0.51 pp. “However, some products with emphasis on complete meals in restaurants (1.3 percent), wheat bread (2.3 percent), onion (3.4 percent), dried fish (1.0 percent), cassava flour (13.3 percent), rice in grain (0.6 percent) and live chicken (0.8 percent), countered the downward trend, by contributing about 0.25 pp positive”, noted the INE. Compared to the same period last year, the national statistical authority recalls that the country recorded, in the month under analysis, a price increase of around 5.49 percent, influenced by the food and non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages and tobacco divisions, which recorded greater price variation with around 10.88 percent and 9.63 percent, respectively. Analyzing the monthly variation by the three collection centers, which serve as a reference for the country’s price variation, INE noted that all cities, last May, registered a monthly deflation, with the City of Beira registering around 0, 79 percent, followed by Maputo City with 0.20 percent and, finally, Nampula City with a price drop in the order of 0.16 percent. (Letter) Source: Mozambican Letter

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