In recent months the price of crude oil has fallen 50%. This fall in the price of oil has a significant impact in reducing transport and other business costs. Falling oil prices is good news for oil importers, such as Western Europe, China, India and Japan; however, it is bad news for oil exporters, such as Venezuela, Kuwait, Iraq and Nigeria. Impact of lower oil prices on oil consumers Lower oil prices help to reduce the cost of living. Oil-related transport costs will…
The Eurozone inflation rate is 0.4% (ECB database) (Sept 2014) Eurozone HCIP inflation rate HCIP (Harmonized consumer index prices) Source:| (ECB Inflation graphs, sometimes a few months outdated) Food inflation Food inflation is currently negative. Food inflation tends to be one of the most volatile components. This negative food inflation is one factor reducing the headline rate. Reasons for low inflation in the Eurozone 1. Temporary factors – lower food / energy prices….
A quick look at a comparison between the economies of Portugal and Spain, with the economies of the UK and US. Four countries with very different paths of unemployment. (more…)