Consumer prices in Hungary rose by 25.4 percent in February. This increase was in line with preliminary expectations. Now, it is likely that the peak of the price rises was in January. However, a more serious fall is expected to come only in the second half of the year.
After 25.7 percent in January, the pace of price increases slowed to 25.4 percent. However, it is still very high, as the peak at the beginning of the year was a record not seen for almost 27 years. Core inflation stood at 25.2 percent, while the consumer price index for pensioners stood at 26.9 percent, Portfolio reports.
Analysts polled by Portfolio had expected an average of just 25.4 percent. This means that they were right on target for February. The experts believe that inflation could remain high in the coming months, with rates consistently above 20 percent until the middle of the year. Then, in the second half of the year, the adjustment of the economy and the high base could lead to a more severe decline. With this, there is a good chance of bringing the inflation rate below 10 percent by December.
The slight moderation in inflation is partly explained by disinflation in food prices. On a monthly basis though, food prices have still risen by 1.7 percent, so food prices are still creeping upwards, just not at the same pace as this time a year ago. The other drag was household energy. As consumption was favourable (mainly due to the mild weather), the statistical office calculated a price fall here too.
The fall in inflation has also been helped by the evolution of fuel prices. This time last year, the base was rising, while prices at the petrol stations have now fallen slightly.
Inflation was dragged up by higher prices for spirits and tobacco products due to tax effects. Price increases in services also remained strong in February. For the time being, the impact of the forint appreciation is not visible in the high import share of consumer durables, as the KSH still registered a minimal increase in prices on a monthly basis.
According to data published by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Wednesday, the biggest increase in a year was in the price of household energy, up 49 percent. However, here too, the rate of increase has slowed, as in recent months, it has been well over 50 percent. Food prices rose 43.3 percent from February last year. It is also a slowdown from 44 percent in January. However, on a monthly basis, products still became more expensive.
Prices of other goods and fuels increased at a near average rate due to the abolition of the price freeze in December. On a monthly basis, the most significant price increases were now for spirits and tobacco.
Another lie. Inflation in 2022 was over 100%, everything costs at least double of what it used to cost. This year it is the same, nothing slowed down. All lies!!!
This rag is a great read since it’s just an lame mouthpiece for Fidez.
Fidez = lies.
Anything else would be a lie.
Appalling – the LIES stated made in this article.
Written from the desk of the Propaganda Minister of the Orban Government, there are that many of them, take your PICK, this article is the reversal of Truth & Fact.
Inflation – its Zenith and on-going HUMONGOUS downside effects it is factually imposing on us in Hungary – our pockets, is distanced from finding a STABLE position.
The Real Estate Property Market – the “Carnage” that continues in that Industry, but media is BEING told Manipulated from the desk of the present Prime Minister of Hungary – Victor Orban, what to publish, rather than its in TURMOIL, will Sellers over Buyers massively disjointed.
Inflation what we have – we still are coping with and into the future – what this Government “mouth off” is happening and what it has been in Hungary – bulls in a paddock – we know what they do.
REMEMBER – Hungary has the Highest level of Inflation in Europe.
I actually find the State Statistical Office (KSH) output pretty extensive, objective and robust.
Issue is the interpretation of the statistics. It is however clear that the numbers don’t look great (especially if you start comparing like for like with other countries). The HUF bouncing around does not make it easier, the outlook is … Well. Sad. Worst thing – our Politicians have NO PLAN – as Central Bank Governor Mr. Matolcsy (former Minister of National Economy) pointed out. And he was critisized for being a political appointee!
Can imagine that, depending on one’s own “shopping basket”, inflation may feel like 100 percent…
Point re interpretation of percentages for those who are interested – the impact of the “base effect”.
This will also drive our inflation number to single digit at some point, since the base is so ridiculously high: