Euro Zone Inflation

Euro zone inflation steady at 2.4%

Inflation rates in the euro area remained constant at 2.4% in April 2024, and the economy experienced growth in the first quarter, as indicated by preliminary figures released on Tuesday.

Headline inflation at 2.4% aligned with economists’ forecasts, while monthly inflation registered at 0.6%. Core inflation, which excludes energy, food, alcohol, and tobacco, fell to 2.7% from March’s 2.9%.

Energy prices’ year-on-year decline softened to -0.6% from -1.8% in March. Meanwhile, the gross domestic product increased by 0.3% in the first quarter, slightly exceeding economists’ expectations.

However, the GDP for the fourth quarter of 2023 was revised from no growth to a contraction of 0.1%, indicating a technical recession in the euro zone for the latter half of the year.

There is growing anticipation that the European Central Bank (ECB) may reduce interest rates at the upcoming monetary policy meeting on 6th June 2024.

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