PMA attributes inflation disparity to Egyptian smuggling

Palestine Monetary Authority
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The "clear disparity" between the levels of inflation between the Palestinian territories is partly a result of smuggling between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestine Monetary Authority's annual report for 2012.

Year-on-year inflation fell to 2.8% in 2012, from 2.9% in 2011, across Palestine as a whole. There was, however, a divergence in inflation between the West Bank (where it rose to 4.2%) and in the Gaza Strip (where it fell to 0.5%).

The report explained that prices in the

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