Italy Inflation


Italy: Inflation picks up in May

May 31, 2013

In May, consumer prices rose 0.1% over the previous month, inching up from the flat reading recorded in April. Higher prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages as well as for restaurants and hotels more than offset lower prices for transport as well as for recreation and culture. Meanwhile, annual inflation rose from 1.1% in April to 1.2% in May, marking the first pick-up in the last eight month.

The core inflation index, which excludes more volatile categories such as unprocessed food and energy, also rose 0.1% over the previous month, which was down from a 0.2% rise in April. Annual core inflation rose from 1.2% in April to 1.3% in May. Finally, annual HICP inflation averaged 2.5% in May, which was down from the 2.7% recorded in April.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panellists expect inflation to average 2.1% in 2013, which is unchanged from the previous month's projection. For 2014, panellists expect inflation to average 1.8%.

Author:, Head of Data Solutions

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Italy Inflation May 2013

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month var. of consumer price index in %.
Source: National Statistical Institute (Istat).

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