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Transport and food costs drive rise in Burundi inflation

By on April 21, 2017

Rising transport costs fuelled an increase in Burundi’s year-on-year inflation rate to 21.1 percent in March,from 20.7 percent a month before, official data released on Friday showed.

Transport inflation jumped to 6.9 percent in the year ended last month, from 4.8 percent in the previous period, the Institute of Economic Studies and Statistics (ISTEEBU) data showed, with food inflation remaining high at 34.4 percent in the year to March, unchanged from February.

UN agencies estimate three million people out of a population of more than 11 million need urgent food assistance.

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