Croatia: Inflation decelerates in December
January 16, 2012
In December consumer prices fell 0.4% over the previous month, which contrasted both the 0.2% rise observed in November and the 0.1% increase registered in December 2010. According to the Statistics Office, the drop reflected lower prices for clothing and footwear, which were partially offset by higher prices for healthcare, as well as for food and non-alcoholic beverages. As a result of the monthly drop, annual headline inflation eased from November's 2.6% to 2.1% in December, which represents the lowest rate seen since September. However, annual core inflation, which smoothes out more volatile categories such as fresh food and energy, inched up to 1.0% (November: 0.9% year-on-year).