The inflation rate in Germany falls slightly to ten percent, but remains at a high level. Energy prices in particular are keeping the inflation rate high. But groceries also cost significantly more than in November of the previous year. According to experts, the current decline is also not a permanent trend.
The rise in consumer prices in Germany slowed down somewhat in November. However, the inflation rate remained in double digits at 10 percent. The Federal Statistical Office confirmed an initial estimate. "Despite a slight relaxation in energy prices, the inflation rate remains at a high level of 10.0 percent," said the President of the Wiesbaden authority, Georg Thiel. "We are also increasingly seeing price increases for many other commodities in addition to energy." In October, the inflation rate reached 10.4 percent, its highest level in about 70 years.
Economists see no reason to give the all-clear in the weakening in November. Many economists do not expect a more significant drop in inflation until spring. High rates of inflation reduce the purchasing power of consumers and eat away at growth in income. People can afford less for their money.
Consumers had to pay 21.1 percent more for food than in November 2021. Compared to the previous month, consumer prices fell by a total of 0.5 percent in November.
Services, on the other hand, were only 3.6 percent more expensive within a year. Net cold rents, for example, rose by only 1.9 percent - but they are very important because of the large proportion of household consumer spending. The prices for hairdressing and body care (7.5 percent) or vehicle repairs (7.4 percent) rose more significantly.
The IFO Institute said that higher energy and intermediate prices alone do not explain the level of inflation. "Rather, companies in some sectors of the economy seem to have used the price increases to expand their profits," said Joachim Ragnitz, deputy head of the IFO Dresden office. This applies above all to trade, agriculture and construction. "Some companies seem to be using the increase in costs as an excuse to improve their profit situation by raising their sales prices."
Inflation rates at the current level have never existed in reunified Germany. In the old federal states, rates of around 10 percent and above were measured in the early 1950s. However, the calculation method has changed over time.