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Consumer prices (provisional data) - March 2022

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According to preliminary estimates, in March 2022 the rate of change of the Italian consumer price index for the whole nation (NIC) was +1.2% on monthly basis and +6.7% on annual basis (from +5.7% in February).

The speed-up of the growth on annual basis of All-item index was mainly due to the prices of Energy (from +45.9% in February to +52.9%), especially of those of Non-regulated energy products (from +31.3% to +38.7%), whereas those of Regulated energy products confirmed their huge increase (+94.6%). Moreover, although to a lesser extent, also prices of Processed food including alcohol sped up (from +3.1% to +4.0%) together with those of Unprocessed food (from +6.9% to +8.0%) and of Durable goods (from +1.2% to 1.9%). Quite the opposite, the prices of Services related to transport slowed down (from +1.4% to +1.0%)

Core inflation (excluding energy and unprocessed food) was +2.0% (up from +1.7% in the previous month) and inflation excluding energy was +2.5% (up from +2.1% in February).

The annual rate of change of prices of Goods was +10.2% (from +8.6% in February) and that of prices of Services was +1.8% (the same as in the previous month). As a consequence, the inflationary gap between Services and Goods was still negative and equal to -8.4 percentage points (from -6.8 in February).

Prices of Grocery and unprocessed food increased by 0.8% on monthly basis and by 5.0% on annual basis (up from +4.1% in the previous month).

The increase on monthly basis was mainly due to the prices of Non-regulated energy products (+8.9%), of Processed food including alcohol (+1.0%), of Services related to transport (+0.9%), of Durable goods (+0.7%) and of Unprocessed food (+0.6%).

In March 2022, according to preliminary estimates, the Italian harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP) increased by 2.6% on monthly basis, mainly due to the end of the winter sales of Clothing and footwear (not considered by NIC), and by 7.0% on annual basis (from +6.2% in February).

Reference period: March 2022

Date of Issue: 31 March 2022

Next release: 15th April 2022