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2 Дек, 2022

Inflation in the EU countries

Annual inflation in countries with a single euro currency for the first time in 17 months decreased and in November amounted to 10%, the Politico portal reported, citing preliminary data from Eurostat. Thus, the growth of consumer prices slowed down compared to 10.6% in October, when the rate reached its maximum since the beginning of the calculations.

The decline in inflation was mainly due to the fall in energy prices to 34.9% from 41.5% in October. The prices for services also slightly decreased (4.2% against 4.3% in October), the cost of non-energy industrial goods remained unchanged. But the prices of food, alcohol and tobacco continue to rise.

The highest rate of price growth in the euro area is still observed in the Baltic countries: Latvia (21.7%), Lithuania and Estonia (21.4%). The lowest rates were recorded in Spain (6.6%), France (7.1%) and Malta (7.2%).

Earlier, the European Commission predicted a record rise in prices by the end of the year.

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