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Turkey under pressure to hike interest rates as core inflation rises

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By Euronews
Turkey under pressure to hike interest rates as core inflation rises
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Core inflation hit a peak for the year in October, putting pressure on the central bank to tighten policy by raising interest rates.

Headline inflation slowed to 7.58 percent, but annual core consumer prices – which exclude volatile food prices – rose by 8.9 percent last month.

The increase is said to have been driven partly by sharp falls in the lira – as well as deeper problems such as wage growth.

Economists favour a rate rise but markets are concerned about the central bank’s independence.

President Erdogan – whose AK party has just been resoundingly re-elected – has been implacably opposed to such a move.