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Turkey's annual inflation rises to 19.58% in September

Turkey's annual inflation rises to 19.58% in September

Monthly inflation also climbed 1.25% in the same month.
04.10.2021 - 16:45

Turkey's annual inflation rate climbed in September compared to the previous month, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) announced on Monday.

Consumer prices rose 19.58% year-on-year last month, from 19.25% in August, TurkStat said.

The figure, however, was lower than market expectations as a group of 16 economists projected an average annual climb of 19.69%.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages showed the greatest year-on-year price rise of 28.79%, followed by a 23.27% price increase in furnishing and household equipment, and hotels, cafes, restaurants.

The lowest annual increase was 1.80% in alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

Meanwhile, monthly inflation also climbed 1.25% in September compared to the previous month.

Turkey's Central Bank has forecast that inflation will hit 14.1% by the end of the year. In September, its chief signaled a shift away from headline inflation figure to core inflation.

"We think temporary factors on the inflation outlook will ease in the short term and inflation will take a downward trend in the last quarter," he said.

According to the country’s medium-term economic program announced last month, Turkey's annual inflation is projected to hit 16.2% by the end of this year.

It is expected to fall to 9.8% by the end of 2022, while the year-end targets for 2023 and 2024 are 8% and 7.6%, respectively.