The latest inflation figure was published by Statistics Denmark on Tuesday and could be a source of “huge relief” that inflation has now peaked, an expert said.
“Danes have faced the highest inflation for 40 years and that has already dug deep into their wallets. Declining inflation will undoubtedly cause some happiness and relief for many Danes,” senior economist Jeppe Juul Borre of Arbejdernes Landsbank told news wire Ritzau.
Energy continues to be a driving factor in high prices, Statistics Denmark states.
But prices increased at a lower rate than the previous month between October and November – the first drop in inflation for some time.
In November, inflation was calculated to be 8.9 percent, compared to 10.1 percent in October.
Despite the apparently encouraging trend, another measure of inflation suggests that there may still be bumpy times ahead.
“Core inflation” or kerneinflation is the inflation of prices excluding food and energy prices and is sometimes used by economists as a measure of how entrenched inflation has become.
“Core inflation is increasing. It can react with some delay, however. We expect both overall and underlying inflation to decline during the year,” said Allan Sørensen, senior economist with the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), in a written comment.
“Falling prices for oil, petrol and raw materials such as steed, wood and grain will help to bring down inflation. The large decrease in transport rates will also help to take the strain off import costs,” he said.
“If prices continue at the current level, that will soon help to give a considerable reduction to inflation in the coming months,” he said.
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