Turkey Inflation January 2017

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Turkey: Inflation increases further in January

February 6, 2017

Consumer prices in Turkey increased 2.46% in January compared to the previous month, higher than the 1.64% rise registered in December and overshooting analysts’ expectations of a 1.78% jump. Prices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco increased the most.

Inflation jumped from 8.5% in December to 9.2% in January, the highest reading in a year. The core prices index, which excludes more volatile categories such as unprocessed food and energy, increased 0.92% in December—the latest month for which data is available—from the previous month (November: +0.72% month-on-month), while core inflation increased from 8.1% in November to 9.1% in December.

Turkey’s Central Bank forecasts inflation of 7.5% at the end of 2017 and 6.5% at the end of 2018. FocusEconomics panelists expect inflation to close 2017 at 7.8%, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2018, the panel sees inflation moderating to 7.6% by year-end.


Author:, Senior Economist

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Turkey Inflation January 2017

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month variation of consumer price index in %.
Source: Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).


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