UPDATE 1-Rwanda urban inflation falls 5.63 pct yr/yr in Sept
KIGALI, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Rwanda's year-on-year urban inflation rate fell to 5.63 percent in September from 5.81 percent a month earlier on easing food and energy prices, the statistics office said on Wednesday.
The National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda said consumer prices in the east African country's urban centres was up 0.22 percent month-on-month, mainly due to the increase in food and non-alcoholic beverages costs.
Food prices overall rose to 0.49 percent from the previous month's increase of 1.94 percent, and 13.68 percent from September 2011.
The price of furnishings and household equipment rose 0.41 percent month-on-month and 4.73 percent year-on-year.
Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuel costs fell 0.14 percent compared with August, but were up 2.40 year-on-year.
The All Rwanda inflation rate rose 11.13 percent in September from 10.91 percent in August.
Rwanda escaped the worst of soaring inflation and weakening currencies last year that hit its larger neighbours in east Africa such as Uganda and Kenya, because strong farm output and the removal of fuel import duties kept food prices down.
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(Reporting by Jenny Clover; Editing by James Macharia)
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