Eurozone Inflation Static, Long Way from ECB’s 2% Target
Eurozone has been flirting with price deflation for the past year mainly due to low oil rates, consumer prices grew just 1% yoy
London: Eurozone inflation escaped from negative territory in March, with prices neither growing nor falling over the course of the month, according to the latest release from Eurostat. Inflation was flat at 0%. That number means that prices are no longer falling, but aren’t growing either, and are a very long way from the European Central Bank’s 2% target. On a month-to-month basis, prices were up 1.2% in the Euro area, while year-on-year core consumer prices grew by 1%.
Core prices are an important measure because they strip out the most volatile items like fuel and food prices which are subject to massive variations. The eurozone has been flirting with price deflation for the past year or so, largely hovering just above zero since early 2015.
A large part of the eurozone’s extremely low inflation right now is down to the slump in the price of oil over the last year — but the core figure shows that other prices aren’t rising by as much as the ECB would like, either. — Business Insider