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Turkey’s yearly inflation rate was 78.62% for June, as per the Turkish Statistical Institute, outperforming forecasts. High consumer prices have stirred things up around town of 84 million hard, with little hope of improvement in the close to term because of the Russia-Ukraine war, high energy and food costs, and a forcefully deteriorated lira.

Inflation in Turkey rose near 79% last month, the highest the country has seen in a fourth of 100 years.

The annual inflation rate was 78.62% for June 2022, as indicated by the Turkish Statistical Institute, outperforming estimates. That is the country’s highest annual inflation reading in 24 years. The month to month increase was 4.95%.

Soaring consumer prices have raised a ruckus around town of 84 million hard, with little hope for improvement in the close to term because of the Russia-Ukraine war, high energy and food prices, and a pointedly devalued lira, the national currency.

Transportation prices jumped 123.37% from the earlier year, and food and non-cocktail prices jumped 93.93%, as per government data.

Turkey has enjoyed rapid growth in previous years, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the last few years refused to meaningfully raise rates to cool the resulting inflation, describing interest rates as the “mother of all evil.” The result has been a plummeting Turkish lira and far less spending power for the average Turk.

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Erdogan instructed the country’s central bank — which analysts say has no independence from him — to repeatedly slash borrowing rates in 2020 and 2021, even as inflation continued to rise. Central bank chiefs who expressed opposition to this course of action were fired; by the spring of 2021, Turkey’s central bank had seen four different governors in two years.

The country’s interest rate was gradually reduced to 14% last fall and has remained unchanged since. The lira fell 44% against the dollar last year, and is down 21% against the greenback since the start of this year.

Turkey’s government has introduced unorthodox policies to try to shore up the lira without raising interest rates. In late June, Turkey’s banking regulator announced a ban on lira loans to companies holding what it deemed to be too much foreign currency, which boosted the currency briefly but caused more uncertainty among investors who questioned the sustainability of the measure.

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