Romania’s inflation rate hits 6-month high on fuel, food prices increases

Sorin Melenciuc 13/05/2019 | 11:07

Romania’s annual inflation rate increased to 4.1 percent in April, from 4 percent in March, as food and fuel prices went up. The rate registered in April is the highest since October 2018.

The level is slightly above expectations as analysts estimated that Romania’s inflation rate declined by 0.1 percentage point in April to 3.9 percent.

Compared with April 2018, the prices of food products rose by 5 percent on average, while non-food products increased by 3.7 percent. The prices of services went up by 3.8 percent, National Institute of Statistics (INS) data show.

Compared with March, consumer prices in Romania rose by 0.6 percent, as food prices increased by 0.7 percent, non-food products’ prices went up by 0.5 percent, and services’ prices rose by 0.7 percent.

The biggest price increases compared with March were recorded for postal services (5.6 percent), potatoes (4.75 percent – the forth month in a row of significant increase), and other vegetables (2.5 percent), while the biggest monthly price decreases were registered for air flight tickets (1.1 percent).

The price of fuels rose by 1.7 percent on the previous month and by 5.6 percent against end-2018.

The central bank had an inflation estimate of 3 percent for December 2019.

Romania was the country with the highest annual inflation rate among the European Union member states for most of last year in terms of inflation measured by Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices (HICP), according to Eurostat.

The HICP index used by Eurostat measure price with a unified basket of consumer products and services for the 28 EU member states.

But the Romanian basket of consumer products and services, which includes a higher percentage of food products (31.9 percent of total basket), shows a different picture.

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