Tunisia’s annual inflation rate was unchanged in September at 6.7%, official data showed on Friday.
This stability is explained, on the one hand, by the deceleration of the pace of the food price increases (7.3% against 7.4% in August) and, on the other hand, by the acceleration in the pace of alcoholic beverages and tobacco price rises (22.4% against 15.2%) and educational products and services price increased (6.9% against 5.4%).
The INS said that in September 2019, the consumer prices edged up 0.6% for the second month in a row. This is mainly due to the rise by 6.3% in tobacco prices and by 4.0% in the prices of education services and products. In contrast, according to the INS, food prices and clothing remained constant.
The central bank raised its main interest rate to 7.75% from 6.75% in February to combat high inflation.