The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 1% in March compared to the previous month, taking it to 1.3%, almost 1.5 points higher than in February (0.0%), according to preliminary data published today by the National Statistics Institute (INE). With this upturn, with which the annual CPI marks its third consecutive positive rate, inflation climbs to levels unseen for almost two years. In fact, such a high CPI rate had not been reached since April 2019, when it stood at 1.5%.
Prices in Spain fell by 0.4% in September from a year earlier. This means six months of negative yearly rates since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In view of these figures, economists at Funcas have cut by one and two tenths of a percentage point their forecasts for the average annual CPI rate for this year and next to -0.3% and 0.7%, respectively. This is because crude has been trading in recent weeks in the range of $ 41, below the level seen in its previous scenario of projections.