Consumer Basket Decreases Marginally – CCZ

Thursday, March 6 2014- The consumer basket for a family of six has decreased slightly from the January 2014 figure of US$561,56 to US$559,93 by end of February 2014 due to price fluctuations in a number of basic commodities.

According to the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe, the cost of living fell by US$1,63 or 0.29 percent.  

The prices of washing powder went down by US50 cents from US$1,45 to US95 cents while cooking oil prices fell by US25 cents from US$1,80 to US$1,55. 

Laundry bars are selling at US$1,10 from US$1,17. 

Other basic commodities that fell in prices are cabbages, mealie meal, fresh milk, salt and bathing soap. 

The cost of food items however overally increased by US19 cents from US$150,33 in January to US$150,52 in February 2014, while detergents went up by US$1,82.

The price of basic commodities such as fuel, sugar, tea leaves, bread and flour remained unchanged from January figures.  

There had been a general price stability in the country with the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) reporting a 0,41 percent inflation rate.