Inflation: New highs in May – At 10.7% in Greece

Inflation in the eurozone jumped to 8.1% in May, from 7.4% in April, according to preliminary data released by Eurostat on Tuesday. Analysts forecast a much smaller increase to 7.8%. For Greece, inflation is estimated at 10.7% in May, up from 10.2% in April.

Looking at the main components of inflation in the euro area, energy is expected to have its highest annual rate in May (39.2%, compared to 37.5% in April), followed by food, alcohol and tobacco (7, 5%, compared to 6.3% in April), non-energy industrial goods (4.2%, compared to 3.8% in April) and services (3.5%, compared to 3.3% in April).

In this climate, the Central Banks are in a quandary, looking for the golden section in their monetary policy, which will allow them to curb prices without sinking growth.

ECB meeting

These worrying economic statistics come ahead of the European Central Bank meeting on June 9, at which European bankers will be asked to decide when to support the crisis measures adopted during the crisis, including unprecedented purchases of property and assets. negative interest rates.

Markets are now discounting two or three interest rate hikes this year, starting in July, by 25 basis points each.

But voices within the ECB, especially from northern countries such as the Netherlands, do not rule out the need to raise interest rates even by 50 basis points to US Federal Reserve standards.

Record in France

Inflation in France jumped to a new all-time high of 5.8% in May as rising energy and food costs continued to flow into other goods and services.

The divs released in the eurozone's second-largest economy, combined with those released yesterday by Germany and Spain, amplify inflationary pressures in Europe, and make the work of...

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