Battling high levels of food inflation, Turkish authorities opened their own markets to sell cheap fruit and vegetables directly to consumers, cutting out retailers who the government has accused of hiking prices.
The Turkish Central Bank on Wednesday forecasted Turkey's year-end inflation rate to reach 23.5 %, adding it would fluctuate between 21.9 % and 25.1 % through to the end of year.
Supported by the sharp drop in food inflation in April, Turkey's consumer price index rises 6.57 percent from last year, providing more space for Turkey's Central Bank to cut interest rates further.
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