Sweden: Inflation steady in November
December 11, 2015
In November, consumer prices fell 0.2% over the previous month. The result contrasted the 0.1% increase recorded in October and was below market expectations of a flat reading. According to Statistics Sweden (SCB), lower prices for package holidays, international travel and vegetables drove November’s result.
Inflation in November was unchanged at October’s 0.1% increase. November’s tally marks the fourth annual increase in prices since May and will ease pressure on the Central Bank, which has been combatting falling prices with unconventional policy measures, including negative policy rates and a government bond-buying program. Annual average variation in consumer prices held at minus 0.1% in September for the ninth consecutive month.
Meanwhile, annual core inflation—defined as the CPI with mortgage rates held constant—was 1.0% in November, which was slightly down from the 1.1% increase tallied in October.
Author: Robert Hill, Economist