Zim cost of living holds steady

Zim cost of living holds steady
Published: 07 February 2014
The cost of living as measured by the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe's low income urban earner monthly basket for a family of six decreased 0,56 percent from the December 2013 figure of $564,72 to $561,56 by end of January 2014.

According to CCZ, the food basket decreased by $4,62 from $154,95 in December 2013 to $150,33 in the period under review.

Decreases were recorded in the prices of beef which went down by US90c from $4,80 to $3,90 per kg while margarine went down by US4c from $2,19 to $2,05 in the period under review. The price of a 2litre cooking oil bottle decreased by US2c from $1,82 to $1,80.

The prices of the other basic commodities which include fuel, sugar, bread, flour and onions remained unchanged from the December 2013 figures.

Increases were experienced in the price of laundry bars which increased from $1 in December to $1,17 in January. Bath soaps went up by US15c from US65c to US80c a tab while tomatoes went up US14c from US61c to US75c in January. The price of tealeaves went up by US10c from $1,75 to $1,85, cabbage by US10c from US56c to US69c per head, washing powder increased by US6c from $1,39 to $1,45.

The price of 20kg bag of roller meal increased by US5c from $12,25 to $12,30 while fresh milk increased from US69c to US74c for a 500ml packet. A 2kg packet of rice went up US4c from $1,55 to $1,59.

CCZ said the figures for transport, rent, water and electricity, health, education and clothing have not changed since January last year.

- BH24
Tags: CCZ, Inflation,


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