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Inflation in Ghana has witnessed a significant decline for the third consecutive month, reaching a 14-month low of 35.2% in October.
This marks a substantial reduction from the figures of 38.1% in September and 40.1% in August, according to data released by the Ghana Statistical Service.
Government Statistician, Samuel Kobina Annim, announced on Tuesday in Accra that the decrease was primarily attributed to a notable reduction in food prices during the period from September to October 2023. The annual inflation rate showed a cooling trend, dropping to 35.2% from 38.1% in September.
The early release of the inflation data was prompted by the upcoming announcement of the 2024 budget by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on November 15.
Year-on-year inflation for October 2023 at 35.2% is 2.9 percentage points lower than the rate recorded in September 2023 (38.1%). Additionally, month-on-month inflation for October 2023 was 0.6%, reflecting a 1.3 percentage points downward change.
Notable disparities were observed in the inflation rates between food and non-food items. Food inflation stood at 44.8%, showing a reduction of 4.6 percentage points from September, while non-food inflation decreased by 1.6 percentage points to 27.7%.
Further analysis revealed that locally imported items experienced an inflation rate of 34.4%, which was 2.6 percentage points lower than imported items, registering 37.0%.
Certain divisions recorded inflation rates higher than the national average of 35.2%. These included Alcoholic beverage, tobacco, and narcotics (45.7%); Personal care, social protection, and miscellaneous goods and services (45.0%); Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (44.8%); and Furnishings, household equipment, and routine household (40.9%). Conversely, Insurance and Financial Services recorded the lowest rate of inflation at 5.5%.
Regarding regional variations, the North East Region led with the highest inflation rate at 47.5%, closely followed by the Eastern (46.6%) and Western (46.0%) regions. Eight regions recorded rates higher than the national average.
Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages remained the major driver, constituting more than half (55.1%) of inflation, followed by Transport (7.6%), Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas, and Other Fuels (7.5%), and Clothing and Footwear (7.1%) in October 2023.
source: Graphic online