Nigeria’s inflation rate rises to 31.78%

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says headline inflation rate has risen year-on-year (YoY) by 1.8 percentage points to 31.7 per cent in February 2024 from 29.9 per cent in January 2024.

This is contained in the Bureau’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) report for February 2024.

“In February 2024, the headline inflation rate increased to 31.70% relative to the January 2024 headline inflation rate, which was 29.9%.

“Looking at the movement, the February 2024 headline inflation rate showed an increase of 1.8 % points when compared to the January 2024 headline inflation rate.

“On a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the headline inflation rate was 9.79% points higher compared to the rate recorded in February 2023, which was 21.91%.

“This shows that the headline inflation rate (YoY basis) increased in the month of February 2024 when compared to the same month in the preceding year (i.e, February 2023).”

The report further said, “on a month-on-month (MoM) basis, the headline inflation rate in February 2024 was 3.12%, which was 0.48% higher than the rate recorded in January 2024 (2.64%).

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“This means that in February 2024, the rate of increase in the average price level is more than the rate of increase in the average price level in January 2024.”

On food inflation, the report indicated that it rose to 37.92 per cent during the period from 35.41 per cent in January 2024.

“The food inflation rate in February 2024 was 37.92% on a YoY basis, which was 13.57% points higher compared to the rate recorded in February 2023 (24.35%),”it stated.

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