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Inflation in Pakistan is expected to be 12.9 percent year on year in December

Inflation is expected to be 12.9 percent in December, up from 11.5 percent the previous month — the fifth straight month of continuous rise in the curve, bringing CY21 to a conclusion at 9.5 percent, identical to last year. Inflation is expected to average 0.5 percent in December 21 compared to 3.0 percent in November 21.

Also read: Inflation isn’t going away anytime soon

In our base case, we expect inflation for FY22 at 11.3% with the authorities likely recording double digit readings in the remainder of the year (2HFY22 avg. 12.3%YoY/0.5%MoM). However, our estimates are subject to great uncertainty with risks tilted towards the upside, on lack of clarity on the reforms mandated under the IMF program (read sales tax amendments), commodities price trends, and Rabi crop produce.

Market performance is expected to remain sideways until Pakistan formally comes under the watch of IMF with short kicks being triggered by downward trending commodities (read coal). The resumption of IMF program would provide much needed thrust to market in our view which would put Pakistan’s macro issues on backburner.

Also read: 92 percent of Pakistanis believe inflation is at its greatest under the PTI government: Transparency International

In this backdrop, we favor value to growth where our preferred sectors include Banks (on monetary tightening) and Construction-Allied (ala cements and steel due to strong private sector demand).

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