ECONOMY

Consumer price inflation picks up to 1.0 pct in March

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Greece's annual EU-harmonised inflation rate accelerated in March, statistics service ELSTAT data showed on Wednesday.

The reading was 1.0 percent from 0.8 percent in February.

The data showed that headline consumer price inflation also picked up to 0.9 percent year-on-year from 0.6 percent in the previous month.

Greece had been in a protracted deflation mode since March 2013 based on its headline index, as wage and pension cuts and a multi-year recession took a heavy toll on Greek household incomes.

Deflation in the country hit its highest level in Nov. 2013 when consumer prices registered a 2.9 percent year-on-year decline.

The economy emerged from deflation in June 2016.

[Reuters]