Zimbabwe deflation fourth month in a row

via Zimbabwe registers deflation for fourth month in a row. NEWSDAY 17 June 2014 by Victoria Mtomba

 

ZIMBABWE has registered deflation for the fourth month in a row since February this year, reflecting a slowdown in economic activity.

VICTORIA MTOMBA
BUSINESS REPORTER

Figures from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency show that the year-on-year inflation rate for the month of May 2014 as measured by the all-items Consumer Price Index (CPI) stood at -0,19%, gained 0,07 percentage points on the April rate of 0,26%. Deflation is a decrease in the general price level of goods and services.

This means that prices as measured by the all-items CPI decreased by an average of 0,19 percentage points between May 2013 and May 2014.

The year-on-year inflation rate is given by the percentage change in the index of the relevant month of the current year compared with the index of the same month in the previous year.

A local analyst said this showed that the economy had been slowing down due to liquidity problems in the economy. The figures also support World Bank growth prospects for Zimbabwe which they project at 2% from 3% previously.

“The economy is now literally under care and maintenance due to lack of capital to stimulate growth. Failure to attract capital flows may see this trend persisting as aggregate demand continues to weaken. The weakening of the rand is not helping Zimbabwe as most goods being imported are invoiced in United States dollar terms,” the analyst said.

Retailers have recorded reduced sales as people do not have disposable income with others closing shop due to viability challenges in the first five months of this year.

The year-on-year food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation prone to transitory shocks stood at -3,75% while the non-food inflation rate was 1,62%.

The month-on-month inflation rate in May 2014 was -0,13% shedding 0,71 percentage points on the April 2014 rate of 0,58%.

This means that prices as measured by the all-items CPI decreased at an average rate of 0,13% from April 2014 to May 2014.

The month-on-month food and non-alcoholic beverages inflation stood at -0,30% in May 2014, gaining 0,16 percentage points on the April 2014 rate of -0,46%. The month on-month non-food inflation stood at -0,05%, shedding -1,14 percentage points on the April 2014 rate of 1,09%.

In February this year the country recorded a deflation figure of -0,49% and in March it stood at -0,91%.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 8
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    a financial crisis that is even greater than the hyperinflation …. but mugabe doesn’t care. his money is safely in singapore.

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    Mscynic 7 years ago

    We Need deflation! Prices have increased despite weakening rand. We are simply a pig-greedy nation.

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    zanupf fear me 7 years ago

    World bank is merely being police. 3% ??? Seasoned economists know its already minus – 7% so far !!!!!!!!!!

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    Wilbert Mukori 7 years ago

    Mugabe has failed to rig economic recovery and this message will be rammed into his head sooner than he thinks because the economic nose-dive in gathering pace and not slowing down!

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    Mlimo 7 years ago

    Shhh let zanupf think all is well we should be complimenting them on their magnificent progress. That way there’ll be no way to come back when the economy gives the final twitch.

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    Chirutanga 7 years ago

    Elections are easy to rig,but with the economy we need to follow the principles,starting from free and fair elections.

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    munzwa 7 years ago

    let Gono write another book on it all…What this country needs is Judicial management..

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    Mandevu 7 years ago

    A little bit more than a slow down — more like a collapse