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prices in the euro area declined in April, and the rate of fall matched
economists' forecast, latest data showed Tuesday.
The producer price index decreased 0.2 percent on an annual basis in April, in line with economists' expectations. In March, prices increased by 0.6 percent, after being revised down from 0.7 percent.
Driving the overall decline, prices in the energy sector decreased by 2 percent, and intermediate goods prices dropped 0.3 percent from a year earlier.
These contractions were partially offset by increases of 0.7 percent and 1.9 percent respectively in prices of durable consumer goods and non-durable consumer goods. Capital goods prices were higher by 0.6 percent than in April 2012.
member states, the largest decreases were recorded in
Producer prices dropped 0.6 percent compared to March 2013, when they recorded a 0.2 percent fall. The index was forecast to decline 0.2 percent month-on-month.
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