Turkey's Central Bank revises up year-end inflation forecast for 2022-23
Turkey's Central Bank on Thursday revised its year-end inflation forecast upwards for both 2022 and 2023 while keeping its medium-term target at 5%.
Annual inflation is projected to hit 23.2% in Turkey by the end of 2022, revised up from 11.8% in the previous report, Central Bank Governor Şahap Kavcıoğlu told a meeting held to release the bank’s first quarterly inflation report this year.
The upward revision was led by Turkish lira-denominated import prices, food inflation and rise in unit labor cost, he explained.
The annual inflation forecast for end-2023 was also raised to 8.2% from 7%, Kavcıoğlu said.
He stressed that bank's estimate for food prices was revised up with cumulative effects of the ongoing rises in international food prices taken into account, especially the exchange rate developments and the developments in agricultural drought.
Food prices are forecast to surge 24.2% year-on-year in 2022 and 10% in 2023, Kavcioglu said.
According to the latest data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), Turkey's annual inflation rate was 36.08% in 2021.