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09 May, 2001
The increase both in the national and the harmonized inflation rates in April exceeded forecasts by market and government officials.
The consumer price index rose 3.5 percent in April from the same month last year, compared with rises of 2.6 percent and 2.8 percent in the same months in 2000 and 1999, respectively.
The annual increase reflected a 2.5 percent price rise in food and beverages, a 3.6 percent increase in clothing and footwear, a 3.1 percent jump in housing, a 4.3 percent increase in transport and a 4.9 percent in hotel and restaurants.
The harmonized figure rose to 3.2 percent in April, year-on-year, from 3.1 percent in the previous month, National Statistics Service said.
Source: Athens News Agency