Israel Inflation March 2022

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Israel: Inflation holds stable in March above the Central Bank's target

April 15, 2022

Consumer prices rose 0.58% in March over the previous month, below the 0.68% increase logged in February. Looking at the details of the release, prices for food were stable in March. Prices for transportation and communication grew at a slower pace. Meanwhile, education, culture and entertainment prices expanded at a stronger pace.

Inflation came in at 3.5% in March, unchanged from February’s reading and above the Central Bank’s 1.0–3.0% target range. That said, inflation remains modest relative to most other developed economies, thanks to the strong shekel, mild wage growth and long-term gas contracts limiting the pass-through effect of higher international gas prices. Meanwhile, the trend pointed up, with annual average inflation coming in at 2.4% in March (February: 2.1%). Lastly, core inflation ticked up to 3.1% in March, from February’s 3.0%.

FocusEconomics panelists see consumer prices rising 2.6% in annual terms in 2022, which is up 0.4 percentage points from last month’s forecast. Our panelists see inflation of 1.5% in 2023.


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Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month variation consumer price index in %.
Source: Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).


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