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Cost of living around Europe drops

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In April 2020, a month marked by COVID-19 containment measures in all countries, the euro area annual inflation rate was 0.3%, down from 0.7% in March. A year earlier, the rate was 1.7%. European Union annual inflation was 0.7% in April 2020, down from 1.2% in March.

Malta’s annual rate of inflation stands at 1.1%.

A year earlier, the rate was 1.9%. These figures were provided by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The lowest annual rates were registered in Slovenia (-1.3%), Cyprus (-1.2%), Estonia and Greece (both -0.9%).

The highest annual rates were recorded in Czechia (3.3%), Poland (2.9%) and Hungary (2.5%).

Compared with March, annual inflation fell in twenty-six Member States and remained stable in one.

In April, the highest contribution to the annual euro area inflation rate came from food, alcohol & tobacco (+0.67 percentage points, pp), followed by services (+0.52 pp), non-energy industrial goods (+0.09 pp) and energy (-0.97 pp).

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