Euro area annual inflation was 1.6% in June 2013, up from 1.4% in May. A year earlier the rate was 2.4%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in June 2013. European Union annual inflation was 1.7% in June 2013, up from 1.6% in May. A year earlier the rate was 2.5%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in June 2013.
In June 2013, the lowest annual rates were observed in Greece (-0.3%), Latvia and Poland (both 0.2%), and the highest in Romania (4.5%), Estonia (4.1%) and the Netherlands (3.2%). Compared with May 2013, annual inflation rose in eighteen Member States, remained stable in two and fell in six. The lowest 12-month average rates up to June 2013 were registered in Greece (0.2%), Sweden (0.7%) and Latvia (0.9%), and the highest in Romania (4.5%), Hungary (4.0%) and Estonia (3.9%).
The largest upward impacts to euro area annual inflation came from vegetables (+0.11 percentage points), fruit and electricity (+0.09 each), while telecommunications (-0.20), fuels for transport (-0.11) and medical ¶medical services (-0.08) had the biggest downward impacts.