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Press release 14.3.2005

According to preliminary data, inflation in the EMU countries 2.0 per cent in February

According to the preliminary data on the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices, the rate of inflation in the member states of the EMU was 2.0 per cent in February. In January, it stood at 1.9 per cent. The corresponding figure for Finland in February was 0.0 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 February on 16 March.

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

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

Source: Consumer Price Index 2005, February. Statistics Finland

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