Turkish economic confidence slips in September
TÜİK’s official economic confidence index fell 3 percent to 102.8 in September, down from 106 the previous month.
The month-on-month fall was driven by deteriorations in the construction, consumer, services, and retail trade confidence indices, TÜİK said.
But sub-indices for the real sector showed an improvement from August, rising 0.5 percent.
“The construction, consumer, retail trade, and services confidence indices decreased to 83.5, 68.7, 105.9, and 103.3 percent in September, respectively,” the institute added.
When above 100, the index indicates an optimistic outlook.
In August, Turkey’s economic confidence rose to its highest level in more than five years, helping the Turkish Lira to strengthen against the dollar.
Turkey’s annual growth rates were 6.1 percent in 2015 and 3.2 percent last year. The Turkish economy expanded beyond expectations in the first (5.2 percent) and second (5.1 percent) quarters of this year, according to TÜİK.
The government said it aims to hit annual economic growth of 5.5 percent by 2020 in its medium-term economic program released on Sept. 27.