Figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), show inflation increased by 11.26 per cent (year-on-year) in October 2018. This is 0.02 per cent points lower than the rate recorded in September 2018 (11.28 per cent).
The key driver of the drop
The food inflation sub-index rose by 13.28% year on year (down 0.03% from 13.31% recorded in September).
States with the highest and lowest YOY inflation rates
Taraba State had the highest inflation on a year on year basis, at 13.21%. Ekiti State was next with a 13.18% increase. Jigawa state rounds up the top three with a 13.13% increase year on year.
On the flip side, Kwara State had the slowest rise in inflation, year on year at 8.07%. Cross River was next with a 8.79% increase. Ogun State rounds up the top three with a 9.63% increase.
Implications of the decrease
MPC may leave rates unchanged
Some members of the CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee had pushed for an increase in the monetary policy rate (the rate at which the CBN lends to banks, which serves a baseline interest rate for the larger economy).
The decline in inflation could lead the committee adopting a HOLD recommendation.
Treasury bills rate may remain sticky
Investors expecting an upward increase in the rates on treasury bills may have to shelve that. An increase in inflation would have served as a motive to increase the yields on treasury bills.