Israel Inflation May 2019


Israel: Inflation rises in May

June 14, 2019

Consumer prices rose 0.7% in May over the prior month, up from April’s 0.3% rise, amid notably higher prices for clothing and footwear, and food.

Inflation rose from 1.3% in April to 1.5% in May, the highest rate since December 2013, moving further into the Bank of Israel’s 1.0%–3.0% target range. Annual average inflation was unchanged at 1.2%, while core inflation, which excludes volatile energy prices, edged up from 1.4% to 1.5%. The latest inflation figures should be welcome news for the Central Bank, which is looking to drive inflation up towards 2%. However, the strengthening of the shekel since the turn of the year could weigh on prices going forward.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect inflation to average 1.2% in 2019 and 1.4% in 2020.

Author:, Economist

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Israel Inflation May 2019

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

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