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Spain's consumer prices fall by 0.8 pct in Feb.
2016/3/14 15:57:00 Source:Xinhua

MADRID, March 11 (Xinhua) -- Spain's consumer prices fell by 0.8 percent in February when compared with the same month of a year earlier, according to data of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) reported on Friday by Spain's Statistical Office (INE).

Prices of transport fell by 4.7 percent in February year-on-year, while prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks and items related to communications rose by 1.3 percent and 2.7 percent respectively.

The INE also reported that on a month-to-month basis, Spain's consumer prices fell by 0.4 percent in February.

Prices of items related to housing fell by 1.6 percent, those of clothing and shoes fell by 1.6 percent and those of transport fell by 0.7 percent from January to February.

On the other hand, prices of items related to communications rose by 1.5 percent, those related to hotels, cafes and restaurants increased by 0.4 percent and those related to leisure and culture rose by 0.5 percent.

Spain's consumer prices have been decreasing for two consecutive months year-on-year since the end of 2015 when the country's inflation rate stood at 0 percent.

Consumer prices fell by 0.3 percent in January, 2016 year-on-year and the inflation rate was negative almost throughout the year 2015 except from the months of June, July and December with rates of 0.1 percent, 0.1 percent and 0 percent respectively.

The Spanish State Secretary for Economy, Inigo Fernandez de Mesa, said that the acting government expected the inflation rate to be positive although he recognized it was difficult to predict "when".

However, he said that the fall in Spain was positive as it improved the purchasing power of households and the companies' competitiveness.

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