Year-on-year, prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages recorded the highest increase (14.36 percent), followed by hotels, cafes and restaurants (13.34 percent), miscellaneous goods and services (9.9 percent), housing and utilities (8.21 percent) and education (7.88 percent). In contrast, transport prices fell 0.52 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 1.63 percent, the fastest pace in six months and more than market forecasts. The highest monthly increase was 12.30 percent for clothing and footwear. Prices also rose for food and non-alcoholic beverages (1.63 percent), furnishings and household equipment (1.35 percent), hotels, cafes and restaurants (1.27 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (1.24 percent).
Later in April, the central bank increased its inflation forecasts to 6.8 percent by the end of 2015 from 5.5 percent, citing a weakening lira and higher oil prices.