Nairobi, Feb. 2 -- Inflation covering goods and services outside of food and fuel has climbed to a four-year high of 4.3 percent in January, reflecting the pass-through effect of the high global commodity, logistics and input prices in the local economy.

This non-food-non-fuel inflation, otherwise known as core inflation, tends to be less elastic compared to headline inflation which is largely influenced by the volatile change in food and fuel prices.

It went up by 20 basis points from 4.1 percent in December, in contrast to food inflation which fell from 13.8 percent to 12.8 percent during the month. Fuel inflation however rose by a percentage point to 13.8 percent.

A rise in core inflation is indicative of deeper price issues in the ...