According to official data, for the eleventh consecutive month, annual consumer prices (inflation) in Turkey continue to record a level above 10% last September.
The Turkish Statistics Authority indicated in a statement, on Monday, that consumer prices rose during last September, by 11.75% on an annual basis, compared to 11.77% during July 2020 on an annual basis.
A survey conducted by “Al Ain News” shows that the Turkish lira has declined against the US dollar by 23.5% since the beginning of this year, to 7.77 liras, down from 5.94 liras per one dollar at the end of last year 2019, according to the Central Bank data.
The collapse of the lira caused a sharp rise in the prices of the main domestic or imported commodities due to the exchange rate differential on the one hand and the rise in production inputs on the other hand, and the rise in the wages of the country’s labor force on the third side.
On an annual basis, various goods and services were the most, by 25.17% last September, while the Health Group increased by 15.09%.
While the education group increased by 7.55%, food and non-alcoholic beverages by 14.95%, the transportation group prices increased by 12.95%, and the hotels and restaurants group increased by 19.92%, on an annual basis.
Last month, the Turkish Central Bank raised the main interest rate by 200 basis points to 10.25%, the first increase in two years after the lira reached a series of record low levels, against hard currencies over the past month.
Turkey aspires, through the step of raising interest, to curb rising inflation in September for the eleventh consecutive month, amid the government’s inability to stop the rise in prices, especially the main commodities in the country’s domestic markets.
Consumer prices in Turkey have not fallen below the 10% threshold since last November, under the pressure of the lira crisis, which has recorded significant rates of decline, amid the government’s inability to strengthen the local currency, and the sins of a president who is preoccupied with the wealth of foreign countries more than the development of his country.
At the present time, Turkey suffers from high production costs, due to the high production inputs and the rise in labor wages, which means that curbing inflation is mainly linked to stopping the decline of the local currency against foreign exchange.
Turkey’s trade deficit increased 192.7 percent year-on-year in September to $ 4.88 billion, according to the general trade system.
Official data reveal that imports increased 23.32 percent to 20.89 billion dollars, while exports rose 4.84 percent to 16.01 billion dollars.
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