Egypt’s annual inflation records 4.8% in January, declines 0.4% monthly

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Wed, 10 Feb 2021 - 12:43 GMT

Zanket el Setat Market in Alexandria- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie

Zanket el Setat Market in Alexandria- Egypt Today/Mustafa Marie

CAIRO – 10 February 2021: Egypt’s annual consumer price inflation recorded 4.8 percent in January 2021, compared to 6.8 percent in January 2020, state-statistics body said Sunday. 

 

In December 2020, inflation hit 6 percent, compared to 6.8 percent in the same month of prior year.

 

On a monthly basis, inflation recorded 110.2 points in January 2021, marking a decrease of 0.4 percent compared to December 2020, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said. 

 

CAPMAS attributed the dip in inflation to the decrease in prices of some commodities during the month, as the  vegetables group by 20.4 percent, readymade clothes by 0.1 percent, the transportation services group by 0.6 percent, and the hotel services by 0.6 percent.

 

 

The agency pointed out that this came despite the increase in the prices of the fruit group by 5.4 percent, the meat and pourtly group by 5.2 percent, and the housing rental group by 0.3 percent.

  

The sustainable development plan for 2020/2021 expected the inflation rate to increase to 9.8 percent if coronavirus crisis continued until December 2020. 

 

Inflation remains within the Central Bank of Egypt’s (CBE) target range of 9 percent, plus or minus 3 percentage points, despite the precautionary measures taken aiming to curb the spread of coronavirus that are expected to raise the rate of inflation.

 

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) decided Thursday, Feb. 4, to keep the overnight deposit rate, overnight lending rate, and the rate of the main operation unchanged at 8.25 percent, 9.25 percent, and 8.75 percent, respectively. Moreover, the discount rate was also kept at 8.75 percent.

 

Egypt's 2020/2021 draft budget aims to reduce public debt of GDP to 82.7 percent by end of June 2021, up from earlier target of 82.5 percent by the end of June 2020 and to 77.5 percent by the end of June 2022.

 

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