Inflation Decreases to 2.1 percent in November
17 December 2019
 In November 2019, headline inflation decreased to 2.1 percent from 2.4 percent in October 2019. According to the latest data from Statistics Botswana, the decrease in inflation during November 2019 reflects the easing in the rate of annual change in prices for some categories of goods and services, led by ‘Transport’ (from 2.7 to 1.4 percent – largely because of base effects associated with fuel price increase in November 2018).  Other categories contributing to the lower inflation are: Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels (from 1.6 to 1.4 percent); Health (from 0.9 to 0.8 percent); and Recreation and Culture (from 0.2 to 0.1 percent). However, the downward pressure on inflation was partly offset by inflation increasing with respect to: Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages (from 2.6 to 2.7 percent); Clothing and Footwear (from 1.4 to 1.5 percent); Furnishing, Household Equipment and Routine Maintenance (from 2.2 to 2.3 percent); Communication (from 0.1 to 0.2 percent); and Restaurants and Hotels (from 2.6 to 2.7 percent). Inflation remained unchanged for: Miscellaneous Goods and Services (5.5 percent); Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (3.9 percent); and Education (3.1 percent).      The trimmed mean measure of core inflation decreased from 2.1 percent to 1.7 percent, while inflation excluding administered prices increased from 2.3 percent to 2.4 percent.