New: Germany’s inflation is getting out of hand, 2024

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Germany’s annual inflation rate increased to 2.4% in May 2024, meeting economists’ expectations and marking the first rise of the year. Preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) shows a modest monthly inflation growth of 0.1%, the lowest since December 2023. The core inflation rate held steady at 3.0%.

Factors Contributing to Inflation

  1. Services: The largest contributor, with a 3.9% year-on-year increase.
  2. Energy Goods: Declined by 1.1% annually.
  3. Food Prices: Increased by 0.6%, below the general inflation rate.

Regional and Harmonised Inflation

  • Regional Variations: Inflation rose in Bavaria, Saxony, and North Rhine-Westphalia, but fell in Brandenburg and flattened in Hesse and Baden-Württemberg.
  • Harmonised Inflation Rate (HICP): Grew by 2.8%, surpassing the expected 2.7%.

Improving Consumer Sentiment

The GfK consumer sentiment index improved for the fourth consecutive month, reaching its highest value since April 2022. The June forecast shows a rise to -20.9 points, driven by falling inflation rates and significant wage increases.

Market Reactions

  • Bond Yields: German bond yields rose to 2.65%, their highest since November 2023.
  • DAX Index: Fell by 0.9%, with notable declines in companies like Commerzbank and Siemens Energy.
  • Euro: Held steady against the dollar at 1.0845, as ECB policymakers signaled a potential interest rate cut in June.

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