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Turkey Industrial Production & Retail Sales (Nov.)

Turkey’s industrial production and retail sales figures for November suggest that the economy held up relatively well in the middle of Q4. But the effects of the recent currency crisis are likely to have bit harder in December and at the start of this year, pushing the economy into a downturn.   Drop-In: Neil Shearing will host an online panel of our senior economists to answer your questions and update on macro and markets this Thursday, 13th January (11:00 ET/16:00 GMT). Register for the latest on everything from Omicron to the Fed to our key calls for 2022. Registration here.
Jason Tuvey Senior Emerging Markets Economist
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