Annual inflation down to 1% in the euro area
The euro area average annual inflation rate was 1% in July 2019, down from 1.3% in June. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2%. European Union annual inflation was 1.4% in July 2019, down from 1.6% in June. A year earlier, the rate was 2.2%. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
The lowest annual inflation rates were registered in Portugal (-0.7%), Cyprus (0.1%) and Italy (0.3%).
By contrast, the highest annual rates were recorded in Romania (4.1%), Hungary (3.3%), Latvia and Slovakia (both 3.0%). Compared with June, annual inflation fell in fifteen Member States, remained stable in two and rose in eleven.
Finland remained in line with the average of the single currency area, and registered an inflation rate of 1% in July, according to Eurostat.
In July, the highest contribution to the annual euro area inflation rate came from services (+0.53 percentage points, pp), followed by food, alcohol & tobacco (+0.37 pp), non-energy industrial goods (+0.08 pp) and energy (+0.05 pp).