Inflation unchanged at 3.3% in June

Greece's annual inflation rate was 3.3 pct in June, unchanged from May, the Hellenic Statistical Authority announced on Thursday.
The statistics service, however, recorded significant price increases throughout the range of products and services, mainly in housing and transport.

The inflation rate, measured by the consumer price index, grew 3.3 pct in June compared with the same month last year, after an increase of 5.2 pct recorded in June 2010. This increase reflects a 4.1 pct rise in food and beverage prices, an 1.5 pct increase in alcohol and tobacco prices, a 2.8 pct increase in clothing/footwear, an 1.0 pct rise in durable goods prices, an 1.4 pct increase in health prices, a 5.1 pct increase in transport prices, a 2.3 pct rise in communications, a 0.4 pct increase in leisure, a 0.9 pct rise in education, a 0.9 pct increase in hotel/coffee/restaurant prices and a 3.2 pct in other goods and services prices.

The inflation rate fell 0.2 pct in June from May 2011, after a decline of 0.3 pct recorded in the same period last year. Greece’s annual harmonized inflation rate was 3.1 pct in June, unchanged from May.

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