France Inflation March 2016


France: Consumer prices in March remain steady in annual terms

April 4, 2016

According to a preliminary estimate released by the national statistical institute (INSEE), in March, consumer prices rose 0.7% over the previous month, coming in above the 0.2% increase tallied in February.

In annual terms, consumer prices fell 0.2% in March, which matched the reading tallied in February. Meanwhile, annual average inflation in March remained stable at February’s 0.1%.

Harmonized consumer prices (based on the harmonized index of consumer prices (HICP)) rose 0.7% over the previous month, (February: +0.3% mom). Harmonized consumer prices fell 0.1% annually in March, mirroring the print observed in February. Annual average HICP inflation remained stable in March at February’s 0.2%.

The government expects inflation to tally 0.6% in 2016. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect HICP inflation to average 0.4% in 2016, which is down 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2017, panelists project that inflation will accelerate to 1.3%.

Author: Jean-Philippe Pourcelot, Economist

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France Inflation March 2016

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month variation of consumer price index in %.
Source: National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE).

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