Prices for transport, drinks and accommodation increased in June according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), with Greece’s general consumer price index (CPI) up by 0.5 percent compared to May 2019, driven in large part by changes in the following groups of goods and services.
Rises were also recorded in health by 0.7 percent, due to higher prices for medicines; transport – 0.1 percent – a result of increased air fares; communications – 3.5 percent rise due to price increases in telephone services, marking the highest change year on year; and hotels, cafe and restaurants – marking a 0.6 percent rise in large part due to the increase in prices charged.
The CPI was also affected by decreases in the following areas: a 1.1 percent drop in prices for foodstuffs and non-alcoholic beverages such as bread and cereals, yoghurt, cheeses, oils sweets, chocolate, ice-cream, and fruit juices; a 0.7 percent drop in the cost of housing; a 1.8 percent decrease in household goods and services; a 1.6 percent drop in recreational and cultural activities; a 0.8 percent decline in education; and a 1.1 percent drop in ‘other goods and services’.
Inflation slowed down to -0.3 percent in June, from 0.2 percent in May and a 1 percent rise in June 2018.
In the meantime, in relevant news, Greece’s consumer confidence index increased in the second quarter of 2019 by two points to 72 points, remaining however significantly lower than the European index, according to the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® carried out in collaboration with Nielsen.
According to the study, seven in 10 Greeks, or 71 percent, believe the country is in recession, while 63 percent said they were doubtful about whether Greece would be able to recover from the economic crisis over the next 12 months.
Greece also ranks seventh among the study’s European countries in terms of job insecurity.
Three in 10 Greeks said they were worried about the economy (34 percent), 32 percent about work, and 22 percent about personal health. Two in 10 respondents said they were concerned about debts, with 70 percent saying they were trying to cut household expenses.