Cost of living declines

Cost of living declines
Published: 05 March 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 from $561,56 in January 2014 to $559,93 by end of February reflecting a decrease of $1,63 or 0,29 percent.

The food basket increased by US19c from $150,33 to $150,52 in the period under review. Increases were recorded in the price of margarine which went up by US34c from $2,05 for a 500g tab to $2,39 in February.

The price of a kilogramme of tomatoes went up US23c from US75c in January to US98c in the period under review.

The price of rice went up by US6c from $1,59 to $1,65 while that for onions increased by US15c from US80c per kg to US95c in February. The price of beef also went up by US10c from $3,90 in January to $4,00.

Decreases in prices were recorded in washing powder which went down by US50c from $1,45 to US95c for a 500g box. Cooking oil decreased by US25c from $1,80 to $1,55 in the review period. Laundry bars went down US 7c from $1,17 to $1,10.

Mealie meal also went down by US5c from $12.30 for a 20kg of roller meal to $12,25.

Fresh milk, salt and bath soap also went down. The prices of the other basic commodities which include fuel, sugar, tea leaves, bread and flour remained unchanged from January figures.
- bh24
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