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Press release 14.1.2005

According to preliminary data, inflation in the EMU countries was 2.3 per cent in December

According to the preliminary data on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, the rate of inflation in the member states of the EMU was 2.3 per cent in December. In November, it stood at 2.2 per cent. The corresponding figure for Finland in December was 0.1 per cent.

Eurostat's estimate on inflation in the EMU area is based on preliminary data published by certain member states and on the price development of energy. Eurostat will publish detailed data on the Harmonised Indices of Consumer Prices for December on 20 January.

Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 1996 = 100 in Finland, Sweden, Germany and the EMU

Index point figures and annual rates of change for Finland are available here (only in Finnish): Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices 1996=100

Source: Consumer Price Index 2004, December. Statistics Finland

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