Inflation in Germany is scratching the eight percent mark. In May, inflation continued to rise from what might already be a record level: consumer prices were 7.9 percent higher than in the same month last year. This was announced by the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden on Monday based on preliminary data.
This means that inflation in Germany has remained above the seven percent mark for the third month in a row. In March, the annual inflation rate jumped from 5.1 percent to 7.3 percent, in April the annual inflation rate was 7.4 percent. According to preliminary figures, prices rose by 0.9 percent from April to May 2022.
Inflation rates at this level had not previously existed in reunified Germany. In the old federal states one has to go back in the time series to the winter of 1973/1974, in the new federal states to 1981 to find similarly high values. At that time, mineral oil prices had risen sharply as a result of the first oil crisis.
Interest rate hikes in Europe are on the horizon
The sharp rise in energy prices is currently also driving inflation in Germany and in the euro area as a whole. This trend, which has been observed for months, has been exacerbated by the Russian attack on Ukraine. In addition, as during the Corona pandemic, the industry is struggling with the fact that supply chains are not working smoothly.
Higher inflation rates reduce the purchasing power of consumers because they can then afford less for one euro. The federal government has put together two billion-dollar packages to relieve people.
In the meantime, the first interest rate hike in the euro area in eleven years has been targeted: the European Central Bank (ECB) has announced that it will end the currently negative deposit interest rate of minus 0.5 percent with two interest rate increases in July and September. (SDA)