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Nigeria’s March Annual Inflation Dips To Lowest In 2 Years

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Annual inflation in Nigeria stood at 13.34 percent in March, its
lowest level in two years and its 14th straight drop in as many months,
the National Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday.

It dipped
from 14.33 percent in February. A separate food price index showed
inflation was trimmed to 16.08 percent in March, from 17.59 percent the
preceding month. 
Food inflation has been in double digits for almost three years, but has slowed for the past six months. 
Central
Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele last week highlighted the slow moderation
of food inflation amidst improving economic conditions. He noted the
potential risk from rising global inflation on domestic prices. 
Nigeria
emerged from its first recession in 25 years in 2017 but growth remains
fragile, although higher oil prices and debt sales over the past few
months have helped the continent’s biggest crude producer to accrue
billions of dollars in foreign reserves. 
Yemi Kale, head of the
National Bureau of Statistics, has said he expects the rate of inflation
to fall faster this year compared with 2017, but activities leading up
to presidential elections next year could stoke prices. 

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday confirmed he would seek re-election in polls due in 2019. 
The
central bank kept its main interest rate at 14 percent in April in an
attempt to curb inflation especially in food prices. It has kept rates
tight for more than a year to support the naira and attract foreign
investors into the debt market.

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