Inflation in Germany, Spain climbs again in May

FRANKFURT (AFP/ APP): Germany and Spain on Monday reported another jump in inflation in May as the war in Ukraine continued to push up food and energy prices, heaping pressure on the European Central Bank to speed up interest rate rises.
In Europe’s top economy Germany, the annual inflation rate quickened to 7.9 percent to reach the highest level since reunification in 1990, according to preliminary data from federal statistics agency Destatis.
The last time inflation accelerated at a comparable pace was in West Germany in January 1952.
Spain’s inflation rate hit 8.7 percent year-on-year in May, after slightly cooling to 8.3 percent in April, according to the INE National Statistics Institute.
As in other countries, the increase was driven by soaring costs for energy and commodities despite efforts from the Spanish government to ease the burden on households.
In Germany, Destatis said energy prices rose more than 38 percent in May, while food prices were up 11 percent.
“Energy prices, in particular, have increased considerably since the war started in Ukraine and have had a considerable impact on the high inflation rate,” Destatis said.
“Another factor with an upward effect on prices is interruptions in supply chains caused by the Covid-19 pandemic,” it added.
Analysts surveyed by FactSet had expected a lower inflation rate of 7.7 percent for Germany.

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