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Higher than Expected Inflation Reported in Germany

Germany’s Inflation Decreases in March but Still Higher than Expected


Germany’s inflation rate decreased significantly in March due to lower energy costs. However, it was still higher than expected, putting additional pressure on the European Central Bank (ECB) to tighten its monetary policy. According to preliminary data released by the federal statistics office on Thursday, German consumer prices increased by more than expected 7.8% on the year in March. These prices are harmonised to compare with those of other European Union nations.

The Numbers

  • Harmonized data was supposed to rise 0.8% from the previous month and expand 7.5% annually, according to analysts.
  • The cost of food continued to increase faster than usual. On a yearly basis, they increased by 22.3%.
  • Prices rose by 1.1% from February to March, it noted.
  • German consumer prices increased 0.8% on the month and 7.4% on an annual basis in March, according to non-harmonised norms. This comes after two months of 8.7% inflation in February and January.
  • The slowing of energy costs, which increased by only 3.5% compared to March 2022, when energy prices soared after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, was the only factor slowing the inflation rate.


The decrease in energy costs was the primary factor in the drop in Germany’s inflation rate in March. However, food prices continued to increase at a rapid rate, contributing to the overall inflation rate. The ECB is likely to face additional pressure to tighten its monetary policy to combat inflationary pressures.


Germany’s inflation rate decreased in March, but it was still higher than expected, putting additional pressure on the ECB to take action. While the decrease in energy costs was a positive development, the continued rise in food prices is a concern. The ECB will need to balance its efforts to combat inflation while also supporting the overall economy.

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