Hungary: Inflation accelerates in April
May 11, 2011
In April, consumer prices rose 0.6% over the previous month, which was nearly half the 1.1% price rise recorded in March. The price hike was mainly fuelled by higher prices for food (+1.2% month-on-month) as well as for clothing and footwear (+4.0% month-on-month). Despite the moderate monthly print, annual inflation accelerated from 4.5% in March to 4.7% in April, which was a notch above market expectations of a 4.6% price increase. Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted core inflation, which excludes volatile items such as food and fuel, followed suit and rose to 2.7% (March: 2.5%). In its latest inflation report from March, the Central Bank projects inflation to end the year at 3.9%, which is above the 3.0% inflation target.