05-03-2019 17:36:26

“February figures positive outcome of measures taken recently”

Finance and Treasury Minister  Berat Albayrak evaluates the February inflation figures from social media accounts.

Turkey's finance and treasury minister estimated Monday that the downward trend in inflation rate will continue.

On Monday, the annual inflation fell to 19.67 percent in February, down slightly from 20.35 percent in January, according to country's statistics authority. 

In his official Twitter account, Berat Albayrak said that February figures echoed "the positive outcomes" of measures taken recently.

"Annual inflation in consumer prices fell below the 20 percent threshold after a long time," he said.

"Particularly, the fall in core inflation -- down from 19.02 to 18.12 in February -- showed how the downward trend gradually becomes visible," Albayrak said.

Core inflation means the hike in consumer prices excluding energy, food and non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and gold. 

Albayrak said the significant drop in producer price index also pointed out that the decline in inflation would proceed robustly.

According to the official figures, domestic producer prices climbed 29.59 percent year-on-year in February, down from January's annual figure of 32.93 percent.

"We are quite optimistic about inflation figures ahead.

"Beginning from this summer, we will see noticeable price drops in all items by leaving behind seasonal negativities and taking structural actions on food [prices] side in the second quarter this year," he said.

Albayrak also said that Turkey would end 2019 with better performance and reach single digit inflation figures sooner than expected.