Consumer prices were up 60.9% higher in April from the year before
This article originally appeared at Market Watch
KIEV, Ukraine - Annual inflation in Ukraine hit its highest level in more than a decade in April as a dramatic increase in energy rates drove up consumer prices, the government said Wednesday.
Consumer prices were up 60.9% higher in April from the year before, Ukraine's state statistics agency wrote on its website. There was 14% inflation in the first four months of 2015 alone.
The dramatic increase was largely due to a rise in energy prices: according to the agency, the cost of natural gas rose by more than five times in April, more than doubling total utility costs for households. Food prices increased by 4.4%, slowing from 15.6% in March.
The new energy prices were part of a package of reforms passed by Ukraine's parliament last month. In March, the International Monetary Fund approved a $17.5 billion emergency loan as part of a larger $40 billion international package, but has demanded key reforms from the Ukrainian government. Ukraine is currently in talks with creditors to restructure its debt.
Ukraine's economy has struggled to recover from a collapsing currency and ongoing conflict in the east of the country: last week, the World Bank said that it predicted the country's gross domestic product would drop by 7.5% and that consumer inflation would hit 32% in 2015.