Country Report Central African Republic October 1998 Main report

Economy: An inflationary blip is attributed to a cassava shortage

BEAC data indicate that annual inflation jumped from 2.33% in April to 3.35% in May. However, this does not appear to reflect a shift in long- term trends or a deteriorating monetary situation. Government statisticians attributed the surge to a rise in the price of cassava. The annual cycle of farm work and production frequently leads to a shortage of this staple food at this time of year.

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