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Cyprus Records Lowest Annual Inflation Rate in the EU

Cyprus Records Lowest Annual Inflation Rate in the EU

Cyprus registered the lowest annual inflation rate in the EU in January 2018 (-1.5%), followed by Ireland (0.3%) and Greece (0.2%), according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Meanwhile, Euro area annual inflation rate was 1.3% in January 2018, down from 1.4% in December 2017. In January 2017, the rate was 1.8%. European Union annual inflation was 1.6% in January 2018, down from 1.7% in December 2017. A year earlier the rate was 1.7%, the Cyprus News Agency reports.

According to Eurostat, the highest annual rates were recorded in Lithuania and Estonia (both 3.6%) and Romania (3.4%). Compared with December 2017, annual inflation fell in twenty-one Member States, remained stable in one and rose in six. In January 2018, the highest contribution to the annual euro area inflation rate came from services (+0.56 ), followed by food, alcohol & tobacco (+0.39), energy (+0.22) and non-energy industrial goods (+0.15).

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