October CPI climbed to the highest rate since 2012 beating consensus but still in line with the central bank estimates
October CPI climbed to 2.9% YoY, the highest level since 2012 when prices grew slightly more than 3% year-on-year. The main reason behind the strong October CPI numbers was food prices that accelerated by 1.6% month-on-month, and their YoY dynamics reached 7.8%. This is also the strongest year-on-year growth since the end of 2012.
Food price dynamics (YoY)
The main driver of inflation in October
In the forthcoming months, inflation will slightly slow down. This will be the statistical effect of a higher base, as prices start to accelerate as a result of higher food prices and restaurant prices in last November. However, the expected slowdown of the YoY figure will be lowered by higher fuel prices which means inflation in the next two months will be only slightly below today's figure.
Growth in prices of services (YoY)
Indicating broad-based inflationary pressures
The average inflation this year will get to 2.5% (vs 0.7% in the previous year). In the next year, despite a higher base, it should remain at a similar level, driven by favourable household consumption supported by stronger wage dynamics.
Their growth should pick up by more than 8% next year, which will be a clear pro-inflationary factor. This indicates that inflationary pressure should remain strong, which supports further monetary policy tightening. In our view, the Czech National Bank will continue gradual hiking despite its latest forecast assuming only one hike in 2018.