Turkish official inflation at 10.43% in February
ANKARA - Agence France-Presse
Hürriyet photoTurkish annualized inflation leapt by 10.43 percent in February, according to figures released by the national statistics office, with drinks and tobacco showing the strongest increases.
In January, Turkish inflation had stood at 10.61 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices posted a rise of 0.56 percent, the Tuik statistics service added.
A breakdown by categories showed that alcohol and tobacco prices shot up by 18.51 percent on the year, while the cost of goods and services gained 17.10 percent and household furniture prices were 11.79 percent higher. Inflation has been spurred by economic growth as Turkish business activity expanded by a record 9.6 percent in the first nine months of 2011.
The national central bank had forecast much lower inflation of 5.5 percent last year, and expects it to fall to 5.0 percent in 2012.