Annual inflation rate at 17.14% in April
ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
Turkey saw an annual hike of 17.14% in consumer prices in April, the country’s statistical authority reported on May 3.
Last month, the annual inflation went up 0.95 percentage points from 16.19% in March, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said.
TÜİK said the highest annual increase was 29.31% in transportation in April while alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices climbed at the lowest pace with 3.60%.
Last week, an Anadolu Agency survey showed that a group of 20 economists forecast an average annual climb of 17.27% in consumer prices.
On a monthly basis, the consumer price index climbed by 1.68% in April.
The median of estimates for April by economists was a 1.79% rise compared to the previous month.
TÜİK data showed that the highest monthly rise in consumer prices was seen in clothing and footwear with 7.57%.
It was followed with food and non-alcoholic beverages with 2.13% and education with 2.09%.
Among the main expenditure groups, the highest monthly decrease was in communication with a 0.28% decline, it added.
Turkey's Central Bank forecasts the country's year-end inflation to hit 12.2% for this year.
The government's year-end inflation rate target is 8% for 2021, under the new economic program announced last September.
Since the beginning of this year, annual inflation rose steeply from 14.60% in December 2020. The figure was 14.97% in January and 15.61% in February.