Ireland sees inflation averaging 4-5% this year
Irish inflation is expected to average between 4% and 5% across 2023, lower than the 7.1% the finance ministry most recently forecast last September, Finance Minister Michael McGrath said.
Annual Irish inflation slowed to 7.8% in January after posting the sharpest monthly decline in seven years. It hit a 38-year high of 9.2% in October.
“The good news is that inflation has now peaked, and is falling back,” McGrath said in a speech late on Friday, citing a sharp fall in wholesale energy prices.
“Provided there is no further energy price shock – inflation is set to fall much more rapidly than previously assumed and we now believe it will average between 4 and 5% across the year.”
McGrath added that his department expected the domestic economy to “effectively move sideways over the coming months”, before returning to growth from the second quarter of the year.
In its last forecasts, the finance ministry saw modified domestic demand – its preferred measure of activity – slipping by 0.6 in the first quarter before expanding by 0.8% from April to June and averaging 1.2% for the year.
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