Kenya National Bureau of Statistics hereby releases Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and inflation rates for October, 2015.
These numbers have been generated using data collected during the second and third weeks of the month under review. The prices were obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones located in Nairobi and 13 other urban centers.
The CPI increased by 0.50 per cent from 161.33 in September 2015 to 162.13 in October 2015. The overall inflation rate stood at 6.72 per cent in October 2015. Download CPI and Inflation Rates for October 2015..
KNBS officials visited Statistics Sweden (SCB) from 12th to 16th October, 2015. This is part of the Technical Assistance Cooperation Project between Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and Statistics Sweden that is primarily aimed at enhancing the capacity of the National Statistical System to produce quality statistics. The delegation was led by Director General KNBS, Mr. Zachary Mwangi-and included Mr. Cleophas Kiio- Director-ICT; Mr. Saitoti Torome –Director-Strategy and Development; Mr. Benjamin Avusevwa- Coordinator-NSDS and Mr. Hiram Mbatia- KNBS/SCB Project Coordinator-KNBS. Ms. Cathy Kruger the Local Technical Advisor (LTA) for the project accompanied the KNBS delegation.
During the visit, the team was taken through the various statistical production processes at both SCB offices in Stockholm and Orebro. Some of the areas discussed include external and internal communications, including media relations, dissemination of statistics especially through the SCB website, business surveys, quality assurance frameworks and the implementation of high frequency Labour Force Surveys.
Other cooperation activities scheduled in 2015 include visit to KNBS by two experts from SCB to assess and advice on the Kenya Business register, a frame for conducting business surveys from 12th to 16th October, 2015. Training in basic statistics for KNBS county and headquarter staff especially young statisticians, to be held in Nakuru from 2nd to 13th November 2015 and the media relations training slated for the first week of December.
The 2015/16 Kenya integrated Household Budget survey (KIHBS) is a survey of a representative random sample of all comprehensive household in the republic of Kenya. The Household Budget survey has been carried out in 1981/82, 1983/84 1993/94 and the Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS) series in 1992, 1994, 1997and subsequently Integrated Household Budget Survey (IHBS) in 2005/06.
The 2015/16 Kenya integrated Household Budget survey began on Thursday 3rd September 2015 and will continue until the end of August 2016. Approximately 24,000 households across the country will be contacted to take part in the survey.
The main purpose of the 2015/16 KIHBS is to determine in detail the information of Household consumption/expenditure patterns in order to compute of poverty/welfare measures; updating of national accounts benchmarks (e.g. private consumption, informal sector, analysis of household sector); and form a basis for updating household expenditure weights to be used in the development of new Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Alongside the above mention purpose the socio-economic indicators derived from the survey will be a milestone in planning and policy formulation. The survey will also provide statistics for monitoring and evaluating development initiatives and targeted interventions. These indicators will complement the existing baseline information from 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census (KPHC) and other surveys.Download 015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) Progress Report October 2015
The Leading Economic Indicators for the month of August 2015 highlights trends in Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and inflation, interest rates, exchange rates, international trade, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, building and construction, tourism and transport.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased from 160.57 points in July 2015 to 160.90 points in August 2015. The overall rate of inflation declined from 6.62 per cent to 5.84 per cent during the same period. In August 2015, the Kenyan Shilling appreciated against the South African Rand and the Tanzanian shilling while depreciating against the other currencies.
The average yield rate for the 91-day Treasury bills, which is a benchmark for the general trend of interest rates, increased from 10.56 per cent in July 2015 to 11.54 per cent in August 2015.Similarly, the inter-bank rates increased to a level of 18.63 per cent in August 2015.
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) 20 share index contracted from 4,405 points in July 2015 to 4,176 points in August 2015, while the total number of shares traded increased from 715 million to 734 million shares during the same period. The total value of NSE shares traded contracted from KSh21.55 billion in July 2015 to KSh 20.79 billion in August 2015. Broad money supply (M3), a key indicator for monetary policy formulation expanded from KSh 2,549.57 billion in July 2015 to KSh 2,570.45 billion in August 2015. Gross Foreign Exchange Reserves increased from KSh 943.77 billion in July 2015 to KSh 948.73 billion in August 2015. Net Foreign Exchange Reserves declined from KSh 414.76 billion to KSh 406.60 billion over the same period. Download Leading Economic Indicators August 2015
Kenya’s Statistical Abstract is the single source of data covering a series of years. The Abstract enables you to get complete time series data of the Kenyan Economy from one SINGLE official source.
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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 partly 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. Download Statistical Abstract 2015