Hungary: surveys point to a fresh pick-up in core inflation

A raft of survey data suggests that last month’s fall in Hungarian core inflation is unlikely to mark the start of a downward trend – as the central bank anticipates. We expect that underlying price pressures will build over the coming quarters, prompting more monetary tightening.
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The further fall in Russian inflation to 4.7% y/y last month, coming alongside recent dovish comments from the central bank, has prompted us to pencil in a 25bp rate cut (to 7.25%) at the next Board meeting on 26th July.

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