LISTED firms chief executives are increasingly relying on internally generated inflation data. In a series of presentations made during engagements with analysts for the half year ended June 30, 2018 financials, several CEOs indicated that official statistics cast the image of stability in volatile Zimbabwe, which is misleading. Inflation data for August was yet to be released this week, but Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate quickened to 4,29 percent in July, its highest level since 2012. It was driven by higher money supply growth and a stubborn budget deficit, according to independent economist, John Robertson. The rate had ended at 2,9 percent in June, according to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat). Analysts also attributed upward inflationary pressures to price hikes…