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France: Annual consumer prices remain stable in November

December 11, 2015

In November, consumer prices fell 0.2% over the previous month, which contrasted October’s 0.1% increase. The reading undershot market expectations of a flat reading. According to the national statistical institute (INSEE), the result came on the back of a seasonal decrease in the prices of transport services and foodstuffs, as well as a drop in energy prices.

Annual consumer prices remained stable in November, which followed the 0.1% rise tallied in October. Core consumer prices, which do not take into account volatile categories such as fresh food and energy prices nor regulated prices, recorded zero growth over the previous month, which was below October’s 0.1% rise. Core inflation tallied 0.7% in November (October: 0.7%).

Harmonized consumer prices (based on the harmonized index of consumer prices, HICP) fell 0.2% over the previous month, which contrasted October’s 0.1% increase. Harmonized inflation tallied 0.1% in November (October: 0.2%). Annual average HICP inflation remained stable in November at October’s 0.1%.

The government expects annual consumer prices to be broadly stable in 2015. Met the why particular Consensus Forecast panelists expect HICP inflation to average 0.2% in 2015, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2016, panelists project that inflation will accelerate to 1.1%.


Author:, Economist

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France Inflation November 2015

Note: Year-on-year and month-on-month variation of consumer price index in %.
Source: National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE).


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