Egypt's inflation drops again in March, continues decline

2018-04-10 18:50


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Egypt's official statistics agency says the inflation rate dropped to 13.3% in March, the month of the country's presidential election, from 14.4% in February.

The drop continues a decline since inflation peaked last summer, hovering around 30% after the government cut fuel and electricity subsidies.

The figures, announced on Tuesday by the Central Agency for Mobilisation and Statistics, show the initial shock of floating the national currency and slashing subsidies is fading. The government expects inflation to drop to around 13% in 2018.

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The tough measures under President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi caused prices of basic goods to spike, hitting poor and middle class Egyptians especially hard.

They are part of broader economic reforms undertaken to meet demands by the International Monetary Fund for a $12bn bailout loan.

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