The final reading on CPI has confirmed growth of 1.7% YoY in May. Based on data provided by the official statistics office GUS, we estimate core inflation was flat at 0.6% YoY, which underlines a virtually non-existent transmission of wages into prices.
The major factor behind the weakness in core inflation, similarly to previous months, was the negative drag from insurance and banking services (categorised as miscellaneous goods). This category showed another 0.5% month on month drop in May. Secondly, growth in the recreation and culture category was only moderate, and another drop in package holidays lowered CPI by 0.06pp (core by 0.1pp). Still, there seems to be limited increase in other categories - overall services fell from 1.7% YoY to 1.3% YoY.
CPI - dynamics in selected categories
Looking ahead, we expect June's headline CPI reading to exceed 2% YoY, again on fuel prices. Still from July onwards, CPI is likely to decelerate as base effects weigh on the headline figure. Overall, the lack of inflationary pressures support a dovish MPC stance – we see recent guidance (flat rates till 2020) as safe.