May 25, 2021
Consumer Price Index for South Sudan March 2021 Press release
The South Sudan annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 19% from March 2020 to March 2021. The increased was mainly driven by higher price Alcoholic beverages & Tobacco.
The annual CPI increased in Juba by 31.6% and increased in Malakal by 50.1% and increased in Wau by negative 4.6 % from March 2020 to Mach 2021.
The South Sudan monthly CPI decreased by 3.2% from February 2021 to March 2021. The monthly CPI increased by 4.7% in Juba, increased by 1.8% in Malakal, and by 3.8% in Wau.
The annual growth in the CPI for South Sudan increased by 18.3% in February 2021 compared to 54.2% for February 2020. Food and non-alcoholic beverages decreased by 38.1% from February 2020 to February 2021, while the prices for health increased by 6.4% and restaurants and hotels increased by 71.6% over the same period.
The high prices of food and non-alcoholic beverage were mainly driven by higher price of transport, Restaurants and Hotels.
In addition to annual CPI, the National Bureau of Statistics also calculates CPI on a monthly basis. These figure are subject to volatility because of seasonal products entering and exiting the markets, so should be used with caution. Please see the technical notes for further explanation of how CPI is calculated.
The monthly CPI increased by 3.2% between February 2021 and March 2021. Over this period the price for food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 2.4%, and health increased by 3.8%.
The increased in the price of non-Alcoholic beverages was mainly caused by higher prices of transport and Restaurants and Hotels.
There are four new consumption groups measured in the CPI: clothing and footwear, health, communication and education. There are annual rates of change for these groups from June 2012.