Inflation in Turkey hit a new 25-year High of over 85% in October
Turkish inflation rose year-on-year in October to a new 25-year high of 85.5%.
Its acceleration for the 17th consecutive month was reinforced by the weakness of the local currency (the Turkish lira) and the negative effects of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, which are expressed in a continued strong increase in commodity prices, reflected in a doubling of transport prices and of food compared to a year earlier, according to data from the country's official statistics.
Turkey's consumer price index (CPI) rose 3.5 percent in October from September, when it rose 3.1 percent.
Compared to a year earlier, inflation in October accelerated to 85.51% compared to 83.5% in September. This is the country's highest inflation since 1997, when it rose 85.67%.
Graph of inflation in Turkey on an annual basis
The most drastic growth in October on an annual basis was again in transport prices (a jump of as much as 117.2%) as a result of the sharp increase in energy prices against the background of the war in Ukraine, followed by that of food and soft drinks (with 99.1% compared to 93.1% a month earlier), on furniture and household equipment (up 93.6% from 89.68% in September), on housing utilities (up 85.2%), on clothing and footwear accessories (41.3% increase).
However, the official figures are disputed by independent economists from the Inflation Research Group (Nage), who claim that Turkey's price growth is 185% within a year, up from a 115% increase as of January 1, 2022.
The rise in consumer prices has also been encouraged by regular cuts in the key interest rate, with the Turkish central bank cutting its key interest rate to 10.5% from 12% in October.
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