CPI and rates of inflation for January 2018

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases monthly Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation, for January, 2018. These numbers were generated by conducting a survey of retail prices for a basket of household consumption goods and services, during the second and third weeks of the month under review. The prices were obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones spread across Nairobi and 13 other urban centers.

The CPI increased by 1.32 per cent from 183.05 in December 2017 to 185.47 in January 2018. The overall year on year inflation stood at 4.83 per cent in January 2018.

The Integrated Survey of Services (ISS) 2017/18

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics is implementing the Integrated Survey of Services (ISS) 2017/18. This is in line with its mandate as the principal agency of the Government for collecting, analyzing and disseminating official statistics in Kenya. The Bureau derives its mandate from the Statistics Act 2006, which gives it authority to conduct censuses and surveys.

The ISS 2017/18 will be conducted under the auspices of the Kenya Statistics Programme for Results (PSP4R) which a statistical capacity building initiative between the World Bank Group and The Government of Kenya. The Integrated Survey of Services will seek to obtain detailed information from enterprises/businesses/firms in the service sector for the compilation of business and economic statistics and will cover 2015 and 2016. The survey will entail visiting and administering survey questions to enterprises/establishments using electronic gadgets and in some exceptional cases hard copy questionnaires will be used to collect the information.

Key economic variables that will be sought in the survey include employment, turnover/revenue/sales, expenditure, stocks/inventories and fixed assets. These variables will in turn be used to derive aggregates such as output, intermediate consumption, components of value added and investments during 2015 and 2016. In general, the ISS data will provide the main accounting aggregates needed to construct the annual GDP and provide the starting point for economic and financial analysis.

ISS 2017/18 will cover firms/businesses in the following sectors

  • Wholesale and Retail trade,
  • Accommodation and Food Services,
  • Information and Communication,
  • Transportation and Storage,
  • Education,
  • Human Health and Social Work,
  • Finance and Insurance Activities,
  • Real Estate, Rental and Leasing Activities,
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
  • Administrative and Support Services,
  • Arts Entertainment and Recreation, among other service activities.

In accordance with the Statistics Act 2006, the data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used for statistical purposes only. The data will not be published or divulged to anyone in a format that makes it possible for the individual enterprise to be identified.

The ISS 2017/18 commenced on 11th December 2017. The survey personnel will have KNBS identification badges and the Integrated Survey of Services (ISS) 2017/18 Introduction letter.

Statistical Abstract 2017

This Abstract has been prepared by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. The tables have been compiled partly from statistics collected directly by the Bureau through Surveys and Censuses and also from statistics compiled by other Departments of Government and other organizations. The source of the statistical data is shown under each table. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics is also responsible for the preparation of the Economic Survey and Leading Economic Indicators in which emphasis is placed on current statistics for which monthly and quarterly series are available.

In addition, reports are published on the various regular and ad hoc statistical surveys undertaken by the Bureau. Whereas these publications aim at providing statistical coverage of the important fields of economic, financial and social activity in Kenya, the published material may not meet detailed requirements of all users. Additional information, whenever available, will be supplied by the Bureau on request, although in certain circumstances, depending on the amount of work involved in extracting the required particulars, it may be necessary to make a charge. 


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Producer Price Index Fourth Quarter 2017

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases the Producer Price Index (PPI) for the fourth quarter of 2017. Producer Price Index measures the gross changes in the trading price of products on the domestic and non-domestic markets, at all stages of processing.

The price changes are measured from the perspective of the producer. The producer prices are collected as at 15th February, 15th May, 15th August and 15th November of the year. These dates correspond to the first, second, third and fourth quarters of the year, respectively.

The Producer Price Indices are grouped according to the International Standards of Industrial Classifications of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Rev 4. As shown in Figure 1, the fourth quarter year on year overall producer inflation was 3.18 per cent in December 2017 compared to negative 0.47 per cent recorded in December 2016.


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