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Turkey’s inflation passes 75% in what economists believe is peak

Turkey’s inflation passes 75% in what economists believe is peak
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City scene Yeni Camii great mosque by Golden Horn of Bosphorus River, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Istanbul, Republic of Turkey 

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Inflation in Turkey topped 75% in May in what economists expect to be the peak before prices start to ease.

Consumer prices rose 75.45% in May on an annual basis and 3.37% on a monthly basis, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute, a government agency.

The sectors seeing the steepest annual price rises were education at 104.8%, housing at 93.2%, and hotels, cafes and restaurants at 92.9%.

Economists had previously forecast that inflation in the country of 85 million would peak around 75%. Turkey has been on a year-long journey of steadily hiking interest rates in an effort to cool prices, resulting in significant financial difficulties for the average Turkish consumer.

Turkey’s central bank has kept its interest rate at 50% since March, citing the continuing need to counter climbing inflation in the country. The bank said at the time that “tight monetary stance will be maintained until a significant and sustained decline in the underlying trend of monthly inflation is observed.”

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