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France : CPI  
Released On 5/15/2018 2:45:00 AM For Apr(f), 2018
PriorConsensusActual
Month over Month0.1 %0.1 %0.2 %
Year over Year1.6 %1.6 %1.6 %

Highlights
Consumer prices were revised a little firmer in the final report for April. However, a 0.2 percent monthly rise, up just a tick from the provisional estimate, left the yearly rate at the 1.6 percent previously reported, also matching the final March outturn.

The flash HICP was similarly nudged 0.1 percentage points firmer to yield a 0.2 percent monthly increase but this too had no impact on its annual rate which, at 1.8 percent, was up from a final 1.7 percent print last time.

The stable annual CPI rate reflected no change in inflation in either manufacturing (minus 0.3 percent) or services (1.4 percent). Food (1.6 percent after 1.5 percent) had a positive impact but energy (6.3 percent after 5.0 percent) provided the main boost.

Seasonally adjusted, the CPI was only 0.1 percent higher versus March when it recorded a sizeable 0.5 percent spike. Even so, the annual core rate dipped from 0.9 percent to 0.8 percent, matching its February outturn.

Underlying inflation remains soft and will struggle to move above the 1 percent mark unless the economy picks up some momentum this quarter.

Definition
The consumer price index (CPI) is a measure of the average price level of a fixed basket of goods and services purchased by consumers. Monthly and annual changes in the CPI represent the main rates of inflation. The national CPI is released alongside the HICP, Eurostat's harmonized measure of consumer prices. A flash estimate was released for the first time in January 2016 and is now published towards the end of each reference month.  Why Investors Care
 
 

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