Nigeria Consumer Prices (Jul.)

Policymakers will probably take comfort in the latest fall in Nigeria’s headline inflation rate, to 17.4% y/y in July, even as price pressures mount in major price categories outside of food. Interest rates are likely to be left unchanged throughout the next couple of years.
Virag Forizs Emerging Markets Economist
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The drop in the headline inflation rate in Nigeria, to 16.6% y/y in September, will ease pressure on the central bank to raise rates and allow policymakers to focus on supporting the economic recovery.

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