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Hazelnuts: lira record low boosts demand

November 22, 2021 11:27 AM, Der AUDITOR
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ORDU. With the central bank’s decision to cut the key interest rate by 100 basis points to 15% on Thursday the Turkish lira hit new record lows against the US dollar and the euro. While President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is determined to slash interest rates against all reason, Turkey’s economy is left to scramble. Although hazelnut exporters should now be offering unbeatable prices, the situation is not quite as simple. Ferrero has recently also issued a new bid.

Exporters confronted with backlash

The Turkish lira has slumped by more than 10% against the US dollar and euro since Wednesday when Erdoğan hinted that the central bank would again cut interest rates. A temporary rebound was also cut short as consumer confidence hit a record low on Monday. Although companies can now profit from lower interest rates in taking out loans, the problem is that high interest rates initially drove many companies to take out loans in foreign currencies in recent years. The sharp decline in value of the Turkish lira has now created a backl

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