Inflation in eurozone hits 2.2 percent

Jan. 4, 2011 at 1:07 PM

BRUSSELS, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The European Union's statistical office, Eurostat, said Tuesday consumer prices in the eurozone jumped an estimated 2.2 percent in December.

In a release, Eurostat said the estimate is unofficial and considered a "flash estimate." Nevertheless, prices are escalating significantly faster than the 1.9 percent annual inflation rate recorded in November, Eurostat said.

The euro zone is made up of 17 member states with Estonia joining the group this week and not included in the estimate.

The flash estimate includes no details or data breakdowns country by country. But the estimate is considered "reliable," Eurostat said, with 21 of the past 24 estimates proving to be spot on and three other estimates off by only 0.1 percent.

Eurozone countries include Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland and, as of Jan. 1, Estonia.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Ted Cruz campaign pulls ad featuring softcore porn actress
Report: Clinton Foundation subpoenaed by State Dept. watchdog over charity projects
Ruby Rose, Gigi Hadid react to Kanye West's lyric about Taylor Swift
Kristen Wiig impersonates Peyton Manning on 'The Tonight Show'
NYC police officer found guilty of manslaughter in Brooklyn stairway shooting