Turkish Central Bank sharply increases inflation forecast

Turkish Central Bank sharply increases inflation forecast

ANKARA
Turkish Central Bank sharply increases inflation forecast

Turkey’s Central Bank sharply raised its 2018 inflation forecast to 13.4 percent from 8.4 percent previously, governor Murat Çetinkaya said on July 31.

Speaking at the bank’s quarterly inflation briefing, Çetinkaya also said the bank was lifting its 2019 year-end inflation forecast to 9.3 percent from the 6.5 percent announced in the previous report in April.

The revisions follow a leap in consumer price inflation to a 14-year high of 15.39 percent in June, which has helped drive the lira beyond 4.9 to the dollar in recent weeks, despite interest rate hikes of 500 basis points since April.

The lira, which has lost around a fifth of its value this year, stood at 4.9150 per dolar at noon.

Data from the second quarter suggested economic activity was decelerating and had started rebalancing, Çetinkaya said.

However, inflation will show a limited increase in the third quarter, he said, adding that a tight monetary policy stance would be maintained for a long time.

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