Italy: Annual drop in consumer prices softens in July
July 29, 2016
According to provisional data released by the Italian Statistical Institute (ISTAT), consumer prices grew 0.2% over the previous month in July, which was slightly up from June’s 0.1% growth. The figure was due mainly to an increase in prices for transport and for services related to recreation. Consumer prices dropped 0.1% in July on an annual basis, which was up from June’s 0.4% fall and marked the highest reading in six months.
Core consumer prices, which exclude more volatile categories such as unprocessed food and energy, grew 0.4% in July on a monthly basis, which was up from June’s flat reading and marked the highest result in eleven months. Core inflation was 0.6% in July (June: 0.5%). Finally, harmonized consumer prices fell 0.1% over the same month last year, which was marginally up from June’s revised 0.2% drop (previously reported: -0.3% year-on-year).