This is higher than the 8.26% forecast in the economist survey. According to the agency, prices have risen by 0.82% in a month. Meanwhile, inflation has slowed slightly in the past week.
The central bank raised its benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points on December 17 to curb inflation twice its 4% target. This brings this year’s overall austerity policy to 425 basis points, which is the most radical among emerging markets.
The Bank of Russia says that the economy may need more interest rate hikes to curb price increases. However, since October, she added that the probability of multiple interest rate hikes has decreased.
Currently, the forward rate agreement indicates a tightening of more than 50 basis points in three months.
Russian inflation expectations this month soared to a six-year high. Households expect prices to increase by 14.8% in the next 12 months.
On Wednesday, the Bureau of Statistics also reported that retail sales in November increased by 3.1% year on year. Meanwhile, the previous month’s growth rate was revised to 4.3%. The agency said that after a 2% increase in September, the annual growth rate of real wages in the year ending in October slowed to 0.6%.