Egypt Inflation January 2017


Egypt: Inflation skyrockets to multi-decades high in January

February 12, 2017

In January, consumer prices rose a hefty 4.1% from the previous month. The increase was above the 3.1% expansion in December. Inflationary pressures are mounting on the back of spillovers from the flotation of the Egyptian pound, hikes on administered prices and higher costs for energy.

Inflation came in at 28.1% in January. The reading was well above December’s 23.3% and was the highest since December 1989. Since the pound was floated on 3 November in compliance with IMF demands for the granting of a USD 12.0 billion loan, the value of the Egyptian currency against the U.S. dollar has more than halved. In turn, prices for imported goods and internationally-priced local commodities have gone up dramatically, which, coupled with the scrapping of fuel subsidies and a new Value-added Tax, is hurting Egyptians’ purchasing power.

Annual average inflation rose from 13.7% in December to 15.3% in January, reaching the highest figure in over seven years.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast participants expect inflation to average 20.1% in calendar year 2017, which is up 1.2 percentage points from last month’s projection. For calendar year 2018, the panel sees average inflation of 13.6%.

Author:, Economist

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Egypt Inflation January 2016 0

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month variation of urban consumer price index in %.
Source: Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).

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