June Inflation Rate to Drop Further to 15.64% – FSDH

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    Analysts at FSDH expect June 2017 inflation rate (year-on-year) to drop to 15.64% from 16.25% recorded in the month of May 2017.

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

    Based on the data release calendar on the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) website, we expect the NBS to release the inflation rate for the month of June 2017 on July 17, 2017.

    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.

    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. 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.

    Hence, this should lead to a moderation in the pass through effect of imported prices on consumer goods in Nigeria. There was a general price increase in most of the food items that FSDH Research monitored in June 2017.

    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.

    Our model indicates that 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-onmonth increase of 1.18%.

    We estimate that the increase in the CCPI in June 2017 would produce an inflation rate of 15.64% lower than the 16.25% recorded in May 2017.

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    Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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