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Friday, February 6, 2015

Workers prepare to load boxes of cooking oil containers onto waiting trucks at the Bidco factory in Thika, north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi, January 21, 2012.   REUTERS/Noor Khamis
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's inflation rose to 7.7 percent year-on-year in January from 7.1 percent in the previous month, the statistics office said on Friday.
The Central Statistics Agency attributed the jump to higher prices of food and non-food items. Prices for such items as meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruit increased 7.1 percent last month, up from 6.5 percent in December.
Non-food inflation also rose to 8.2 percent in January from 7.8 percent the previous month, mainly due to an increase in prices for clothes and khat, a narcotic leaf chewed in the Horn of Africa nation.

Inflation peaked at 9.1 percent in 2014 but it has since been moving up and down.