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Ghana’s Inflation Quickens to 9.2% in February From Record Low

Ghana’s inflation rate edged up in February, remaining inside the central bank’s target band for an 11th consecutive month.

Consumer prices rose 9.2 percent from a year earlier, compared with the record-low rate of 9 percent in January, David Kombat, the acting government statistician at the Ghana Statistical Service, told reporters Wednesday in the capital, Accra. Prices rose 1 percent in the month.

Ghana's inflation rate rose in February from a record low the prior month

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  • The uptick in inflation will leave the central bank with little room to cut borrowing costs after the cedi declined more than 10 percent against the dollar this year.
  • The central bank, which will announce its next policy decision on March 25, targets inflation in a range of 6 percent to 10 percent and Governor Ernest Addison has said it may be time to aim even lower.
  • The statistics office still uses the old base year of 2012 and once it starts using the 2017 base for the index, that could change the inflation number.

Source: bloomberg.com

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