Central Bureau of Statistics (162)


According to the Syrian Government, inflation in January of this year declined on a monthly basis.


A recent report by a Syrian research house has confirmed the dramatic decline in Syria’s economic output and the no less tragic rise in poverty and unemployment.


Syria’s monthly inflation rate continued to stabilise at the end of last year, although annual price increases remained significant.


Syria’s inflation rate showed a rare month-to-month decline last November, according to official statistics.


According to the government, Syria’s inflation rate reached 117 percent in October 2013, the last month for which data is available.


Inflation data for the month of June 2013, which were released only now by the Syrian government, confirm the surge in retail prices across all product segments.


The Syrian government is reducing customs duties on food imports as the low local production is creating shortages and raising prices.


Syria’s official inflation rate continued to increase last May, according to official data.


Syria’s official inflation rate continued to increase in March and April although it remained well below unofficial estimates of the CPI.


Syria’s official inflation rate remained above 50 percent in the first two months of this year although actual price increases are believed to be much higher.


Syria’s inflation rate reached 55 percent last December, the last month for which price changes have been reported, according to a government report.


Data published by the Syrian export promotion body put Syria’s total exports last year at below USD 200 million.


The Syrian authorities are planning to establish three new governorates including one that will cover a significant part of the Kurdish areas.


At least one quarter of Syria’s working force has lost its job in the last two years according to a recent report by the General Labour Union.


Syria’s formal inflation rate has remained at just under 50 percent in October and November, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.


Syria's formal inflation rate increased by 48 percent on an annual basis in September, according to the government's statistical agency.


The Damascus Governorate has announced that it was moving ahead with plans to rebuild two large informal areas in the suburbs of Damascus, a symbolic decision that sheds light on a controversial decree.


The clashes that forced the Damascus International Airport to close down for the week-end will likely have long-term effect on its operations.


Syria’s inflation rate recorded a new height in August to stand at 39.50 percent on an annual basis.


Syria’s inflation rate in July reached 36.13 percent on an annual basis, confirming the continuing increase witnessed in consumer prices in the market.


Syria posted a net trade deficit of USD 5.7 billion in 2011, according to the first data released on the country’s foreign trade performance last year.


The increase in Syria’s inflation rate accelerated in June to 36.10 percent on annual basis as the government hiked the prices of gas oil and cooking gas while food prices remained high.


The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, a UN-affiliated body, expects Syria’s Gross Domestic product to contract by 5.5 percent this year.


The number of passengers that used the Airport of Qamishli, in the northeast of the country, rose to over 30,205 in the first six months of the year.


Food prices in Syria have confirmed their recent downward trend with the price of several items on the government's fortnightly list declining.


Syria’s consumer price index rose 32.51 percent in May on an annual basis, although on a monthly basis prices actually declined, the Central Bureau of Statistics said.


Unemployment in the governorate of Hassakeh, in the northeast of the country, is at 40 percent of the labour force, while more than 42 percent of households have a member of the family outside the country, according to a recent government survey.


The Syrian economy will not collapse and GDP growth will be positive this year, Mohammad Jleilati, the Minister of Finance, was quoted as saying in a press interview.


Syria’s annual inflation rate reached 31.45 percent in April, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.


The price of chicken and eggs is on the rise in Syria, according to the latest bi-monthly price list published by the Ministry of Economy last week, as production and supplies are disrupted by the growing unrest across the country.


Syria’s inflation rate reached 30.7 percent in March on an annual basis, according to official statistics, more than double its rate of only two months earlier.


The increase in the price of consumer products in the local market slowed down markedly in the last 10 days, and in some cases prices decreased, as the Government published a compulsory price list for selected items and the Syrian Pound regained some of its strength.


The Central Bureau of Statistics said that Syria’s unemployment rate had risen to 14.9 percent last year, a figure that differs from higher estimates by the Minister of Labour but that is still some 60 percent above the 2010 figure.


In January, Syria’s inflation rate jumped 4 percentage points on an annual basis to 15.66 percent from 11.01 percent in December, according to official statistics.


Syria’s poultry sector produced about 3.5 billion eggs and 200,000 tons of meat last year, according to a report by the Federation of Chambers of Agriculture (FCA).


Syria’s official inflation rate almost doubled in December, partially reflecting the steep increase in prices witnessed in the local market in recent weeks.


Updated January 30: Exports of crude oil and related products represented almost half of all Syrian export revenues in 2010 – from a third in 2009 - a figure that confirms the significant impact that the ban imposed by the EU and other western countries on oil exports is having on the country’s foreign currency earnings.


Syria’s official rate of inflation jumped to 5.75 percent in November from 3.25 percent a month earlier, on the back of a 9.45 percent rise in the price of food and beverages, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.


Syria’s Gross Domestic Product rose by 3.4 percent in 2010 in spite of a steep decline in agricultural output, while the trade balance returned to positive territory for the first time in years, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.


Economic sanctions by Arab countries are likely to be announced this week after the Arab League said that Syria had refused to abide by its latest plan to end the crisis gripping the country, although the extent and potential impact of these sanctions are still difficult to assess.


Syria’s wheat crop is estimated to have reached some 3.8 million tons after initial forecasts had raised fears it would be at a much lower level.


Syria’s annual inflation rate, based on the consumer price index, rose by 3.38 percent at the end of September, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.


The Syrian Railways Organisation is expecting to finish next year works on a rail track between the cities of Deir-ez-Zor and Al-Bou Kamal that will link the Iraqi and Syrian networks.


Syria’s inflation rate remained largely under control in the last few months, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, although figures are not yet available for the period that followed the temporary import ban.


Last week, the United States imposed new economic sanctions on Syria and a ban on all US imports of Syrian crude oil, measures that are gradually increasing the heat on the country’s economy.


Syria’s inflation rate measured on annual basis stood at 2.80 percent in April, from 2.74 percent in March and 4.22 percent in February, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Central Bank of Syria.


Syria had 15 million sheep last year, according to a census of the country’s livestock carried out by the Syrian government.


Syria’s inflation rate fell to 4.22 percent on a year-on-year basis at the end of February 2011, according to the Central Bank of Syria.


A recent survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics shows that the vast majority of people leaving in illegal housing areas in Syria benefit from the same services as those living in regulated zones.


Syrian households spent an average of SYP 30,826, or USD 655, a month in 2009, according to a recent survey by the Government.