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coronavirus
Coronavirus
VERY HIGH
Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
29,077
1224hr
Pakistan Cases
1,360,019
6,54024hr
Sindh
520,415
Punjab
460,335
Balochistan
33,855
Islamabad
115,939
KPK
183,865

ISTANBUL: Turkish annual inflation jumped to a two-year high of 17.53% in June, exceeding a forecast of 17% and continuing an extended rise after a brief dip, potentially delaying any rate cuts and prompting Wall Street to lift estimates.

The month-on-month consumer price reading was also higher than expected, up 1.94% according to the Turkish Statistical Institute, compared with a Reuters poll forecast of 1.50%.

In double digits for most of the last four years, inflation has been held up by lira depreciation, depleted monetary credibility and a burst of demand as the economy emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

Food inflation - a strain on households hit hard by pandemic income losses - was up 20% from last year.

The data led Goldman Sachs to raise its year-end annual inflation forecast to 16% from 15.5% earlier, while Barclays lifted its forecast to 14.8% from 13.8%.

The central bank “will only be able to lower rates slightly” in the fourth quarter, Goldman said in a client note. Citigroup, another US bank, said it no longer predicted an interest rate cut this year.

Lira depreciation accelerated when President Tayyip Erdogan sacked a hawkish central bank governor in March, raising worries of earlier-than-expected cuts to the 19% policy interest rate.

Analysts said the hot inflation data eased those worries. The lira firmed to 8.6650 against the dollar by 1244 GMT from Friday’s close of 8.7.

“It very much looks like the central bank’s promise to keep real rates positive will be tested with the headline rate very likely to push through” the 19% policy rate, said Tim Ash of BlueBay Asset Management.

In May, inflation unexpectedly dropped to 16.59% when price hikes were delayed due to a Covid-19 lockdown. It has otherwise been on an uptrend since last September despite the start of a monetary tightening cycle that month.

The producer price index rose 4.01% month-on-month in June for a big annual rise of 42.89%. That reflects the currency’s drop of about 17% since mid-March, which has raised overall prices for import-dependent Turkey.

Transportation costs soared more than 26% year-over-year in June, reflecting higher energy prices, while household goods were up nearly as much, the data showed.

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