Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate rose 1.38 percent to 4.29 percent in July 2018, latest figures from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZImStats) show.
This was a significant upturn from the June 2018 figure of 2.91 percent.
On a monthly basis, the inflation rose 1.03 percentage points to 0.98 percent.
“The month-on-month inflation rate in July 2018 was 0,98 percent gaining 1,03 percentage points on the June 2018 rate of -0,05 percent,” said ZimStats in its monthly update.
Some observers have attributed the quickening inflation to the continuance of the parallel currency market.
Although the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has maintained the US dollar-bond note official rate at 1:1, cash shortages have resulted in a thriving black market for physical currency, both bond notes and United States dollar notes.
It is largely expected that the high demand for US dollars by both companies and individuals continues to push up the exchange rate.