Sweden: Inflation remains stable in February
March 13, 2012
In February, consumer prices rose 0.7% over the previous month, which contrasted the 0.9% decrease recorded in January. According to Statistics Sweden (SCB), the reading was mainly driven by price increases for food and tobacco as well as for clothing and footwear. Despite the monthly price increase, annual headline inflation remained steady at January's 1.9%, which was slightly above market expectations of 1.8% but below the Central Bank's (Riksbank) inflation target of 2.0%. Annual average inflation also remained stable at 2.9% in February. Riksbank estimates inflation to moderate going forward and average 1.4% in 2012 and 1.9% in 2013.