Hungarian producer prices, which indicate future inflation trends, rose the most in 10 months in October as costs in oil refining soared.
Factory-gate prices rose 7 percent from a year earlier, matching the January pace as well as the median estimate of eight economists in a Bloomberg survey, the Budapest-based statistics office said today in an e-mail. Prices rose 1.9 percent from September.
The depreciation of the forint, the world’s worst-performing currency in the second half of this year, threatens the central bank’s 3 percent inflation target, policy makers said yesterday after raising the benchmark interest rate to 6.5 percent from 6 percent, the first increase since January.
The manufacturing of coke and refined petroleum products rose 38.7 percent in October from a year earlier after jumping 28.8 percent in September, the statistics office said.