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Ethiopia’s year-on-year inflation increased to 15.6 percent in February from 13.4 percent in January, said the Central Statistical Agency (CSA) of Ethiopia.The prices of most of the major cereals showed a slight increase during the month under review. In addition, the prices of pulses, vegetables and fruits rose to some extent, the agency said in its monthly statement on Wednesday.

However, the prices of salt and spices (especially pepper whole) showed unexpected twofold price increase in a span of one month, that contributed to the inflationary trend observed. The prices of meat, milk, and cheese and eggs showed a decline.

Some consumers APA spoke to in Addis Ababa said they have witnessed increases in the price of all commodities, which they believe is due to recurrent unrest in Oromia towns, through which goods are transported into the capital city Addis Ababa.

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