Hungary: Inflation stable in May
May's figure largely reflected soaring prices for motor fuels, food and clothing and footwear.
Inflation remained steady at 5.1% in May from April, when it marked the strongest rise since November 2012, and therefore remained above the upper bound of the Central Bank’s target range of 3.0% plus or minus 1.0 percentage point. Meanwhile, the trend moved higher, with annual average inflation coming in at 3.5% from April’s 3.3%. Lastly, core inflation rose to 3.4% from the previous month's 3.1%.
FocusEconomics panelists see inflation averaging 3.8% in 2021, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2022, the panel sees inflation averaging 3.2%. ■