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By Geoffrey Kapembwa

March 27 (Bloomberg) — Inflation in Zambia, Africa’s biggest copper producer, accelerated to an annual 9.8 percent in March as clothing, footwear and furniture costs rose, the Central Statistical Office said.

The inflation rate increased from 9.5 percent last month, Modesto Banda, assistant director at the agency, told reporters today in the capital, Lusaka.

Zambia, with a population of 10.4 million, is a landlocked country bordered by Angola, Zimbabwe, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

To contact the reporters on this story: Geoffrey Kapembwa in Lusaka via Johannesburg on

Last Updated: March 27, 2008 05:43 EDT