The Magyar Nemzeti Bank previously also hiked the rate 50 basis points at its November meeting, after last raising it 25 basis points in January this year. Hungary reported annual inflation of 3.9% in October, up from 3.6% in September and August, 3.1% in July, 3.5% in June, 3.9% in May, and 4.7% in April. Hungary's Central Bank has a medium term inflation target of 3%, while the Bank expects inflation to average 3.9% this year.
The Hungarian economy grew at an annual rate of 1.5% in the June quarter, compared to 2.4% in the march quarter, and 1.9% GDP growth recorded in the December quarter last year. The Hungarian forint (HUF) has lost about 12% against the US dollar this year, the USDHUF exchange rate last traded around 230