Inflation increased by 0.1% from last month to reach 7.8% for the month of April 2014. The increase was driven by price hikes in various non-food items ranging from cement to charcoal. According to the CSO director, Western province had the highest rate of inflation at 9.3 % followed by North-Western province at 9.2% with Central province having the lowest rate of inflation at 6.2%.
Zambia also recorded a trade surplus of K84m, up 53% from the previous month (which had it's surplus revised downward to K55m from the provisional K59m as first announced). The March surplus is down 75% year-over-year.
Trying to decipher this puzzle that is Zambia by using a variety of publicly available data (structured and unstructured) in conjunction with my own skill/experience. * * *