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Macroeconomics  |  September 15, 2010 13:23:03

Macro: Inflation euro area growth slowed in August to 1.6 pct

Harmonised index of consumer prices in August, the euro area annual growth slowed from 1.7% to 1.6%, Eurostat Statistical Office said. The result came in line with expectations. In the same period a year ago HICP fell by 0.2%. In the course of inflation rose by 0.2%, followed by a decrease of 0.3% in July and stagnation in June. Adjusted price of the euro area, excluding energy, food, alcohol & tobacco, in August rose by 0.4% yoy and remained unchanged at 1.0%. A majority consensus expected 0.9%.

Monthly evolution of the HICP in August reflected the rise in prices of clothing, stable prices recreation and culture, hotels and restaurants, grocery, telecommunications and household equipment, which offset the decline in food prices, health care and energy. The annual growth rates have spoken most traffic, alcohol and tobacco and housing. Annual growth in energy prices slowed from 8.1% to 6.2%, transport costs from 4.5% to 3.3% and housing prices by 0.1% to 2.6%. Steadily increased year on year price of alcohol and tobacco, health care, hotels and restaurants. Food prices over the same period last year increased by 1.1%, prices of tuition fees by 2.3%. The annual decline in August, the price of telecommunications, recreation and culture.

Increase in consumer prices was recorded in thirteen Member States of the euro area. In Germany, the HICP rose by 0.1% annual rate of growth slowed from 1.2 to 1.0% inflation rate in Greece fell by 0.7%, but the annual rate of growth accelerated by 0.1% to 5.6% highest level in the EMU. HICP annual decline of 1.2% was recorded in Ireland.

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