The Leading Economic Indicators 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 162.97 points in November 2015 to 164.72 points in December 2015. The overall rate of inflation went up from 7.32 per cent to 8.01 per cent during the same period. In December 2015, the Kenyan Shilling appreciated against major currencies except the US Dollar, the Euro and the Japanese Yen.
The average yield rate for the 91-day Treasury bills, which is a benchmark for the general trend of interest rates, declined from 12.34 per cent in November 2015 to 9.69 per cent in December 2015. However, the inter-bank rate declined to 5.31 in December 2015 from 8.85 per cent in November 2015.
The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) 20 share index expanded from 4,016 points in November 2015 to 4,040 points in December 2015, while the total number of shares traded increased from 441 million to 474 million shares during the same period. The total value of NSE shares traded expanded from KSh 13.15 billion in November 2015 to KSh 15.11 billion in December 2015.
Broad money supply (M3), a key indicator for monetary policy formulation rose from KSh 2,567.66 billion in October 2015 to KSh 2,593.32 billion in November 2015.
Gross Foreign Exchange Reserves increased from KSh 958.58 billion in November 2015 to KSh 999.00 billion in December 2015. Net Foreign Exchange Reserves increased from KSh 448.00 billion in November 2015 to KSh 493.53 billion in December 2015.Download Leading Economic Indicator December 2015