Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Qatar's inflation projected at 3.8pc this year  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - The Peninsula - 09/02/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Driven by high rentals, Qatar's overall inflation is projected to accelerate from 3.1 percent in 2013 to 3.8 percent in 2014. A recovery in land prices over the past two months is expected to reverse the slowdown in rent inflation by mid -2014



Rental inflation accounts for around 32 percent of Qatar's CPI basket. QNB Group noted yesterday that rent inflation has slowed in recent months in line with its earlier projections. However, a recovery in land prices in December 2013 and January 2014 could reverse the slowdown in rent inflation in the coming months



Rent inflation slowed from 6.7 percent in the year to August 2013 to 4.8 percent in the year to December 2013, based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) data released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MSDP). QNB Group has analysed data purely on land transactions in Qatar, based on weekly statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). This data suggests that the slowdown in rent inflation tracked land prices with a six-month delay



Land prices fell from March to November 2013 on the basis of an average of prices for the last 12 months. As rents tend to follow land prices with a six-month delay, we expect rent inflation to continue to slow to below 4 percent between now and May 2014



QNB research note said land prices are a fundamental driver of rents. Land is the main component of the cost of building, developing and buying real estate. To recoup costs, landowners and real estate developers need to raise rents in line with rising land prices, or vice versa. Therefore, after land is purchased and construction is completed, rents are likely to move in the same direction as land prices. Our analysis confirms that there is a strong relationship between land prices and rent inflation. Rents tend to follow land prices with a six month delay, with a correlation of 88 percent



QNB Group noted that the updated transaction data suggest that land prices may have changed direction in December and January, which, in around six months, could create upward pressure on rents.



Looking ahead, QNB Group expects land prices to continue to rise moderately, based on strong population growth, which should underpin demand for land in order to develop housing and commercial real estate projects. Population growth averaged 10.1 percent over the last 12 months, based on data on the number of people in the country. Therefore, in the second half of 2014, we expect rent inflation to pick up again to between 4.0 percent-5.0 percent. This level of rent inflation is moderate and should alleviate any concerns that the real estate sector is entering an asset-price bubble or that the economy is overheating



Overall, rental inflation accounts for around 32 percent of Qatar's CPI basket. The remainder of the CPI basket mainly relates to global inflation and international food prices. Global prices are expected to remain moderate through 2014.



This will result in overall CPI inflation in Qatar in 2014 of around 3.8 percent

 


The Peninsula




  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 20 2014 - Saudi stocks buck trend with healthy gainsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia's benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index bucked the three-day prevailing downward trend and logged a sharp gain of 2.39 percent on Sunday.The index opened with a largely ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Saudi- NCB pledges conversion to Islamic bank after pressure from scholarsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: National Commercial Bank (NCB) has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Inaugurates Milipol Qatar 2014Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Under the auspices of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani inaugurated the 10th ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Meets Commander of Turkey's Aegean ArmyQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Monday with Commander of Aegean Army General Abdullah Atay and ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Meets Iran's Police ChiefQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Monday with Chief of Iran's National Police Forces Commander Ismael Ahmadi and the ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Israeli Forces Arrest Four Palestinians from Bethlehem and HebronQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Israeli forces arrested early Monday four Palestinians from Bethlehem and Hebron districts, said security sources. Large Israeli troops raided the town of Taqou‘ to the east of ...

 Oct 20 2014 - 20 million to vacation abroad by 2030Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The number of Saudi vacationers spending their holidays abroad will increase sixfold by 2030 a local study revealed.The study carried out by a company specializing in travel ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Student's death in US: Cousin reveals detailsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Several relatives of Abdullah Alkadi the Saudi scholarship student in the US whose body was found late on Thursday more than a month after he went missing are flying to Los ...

 Oct 20 2014 - King orders free treatment for people with special needsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has instructed the Ministry of Social Affairs to pay the treatment costs of people with disabilities at rehabilitation centers. ...

 Oct 20 2014 - S. Korea's Int'l Airline Traffic Grows 9.12 in Q3Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Seoul October 20 (QNA) - South Korea's international airline traffic rose 9.1% from a year earlier in the third quarter partly on a rise in the number of flights to and ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help