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Kenya Raises Gas Price by 2.3% to 120.5 Shillings Per Liter

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Kenya raised the maximum price of super petrol, the most commonly used gasoline, by 2.3 percent to 120.5 shillings ($1.21) per liter in Nairobi after the shilling weakened against the dollar, the industry regulator said.

The increase is effective from tomorrow through to Nov. 14, the Energy Regulatory Commission said in its monthly review of fuel costs from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

“The local currency has depreciated relative to the U.S. dollar and this has impacted negatively on local pump prices,” the regulator said in an e-mailed statement.

The price of diesel increases by 2.77 shillings per liter to a maximum of 110.94 shillings, and kerosene, which is used for cooking, rises by 1.66 shillings per liter to 89.95 shillings, it said.

Higher fuel prices in East Africa’s largest economy have been one of the main drivers of inflation, which accelerated for the 11th consecutive month in September to 17.3 percent, more than triple the government’s 5 percent target.

The shilling has weakened 19 percent against the dollar this year, making it the world’s worst-performing currency. It was trading at 99.75 per dollar at 4:26 p.m. in Nairobi.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sarah McGregor in Nairobi at smcgregor5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net

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