Brussels, Sep 18 (EFE) .- The annual rate of inflation in the euro zone rose by two tenths of a point during August compared to July to 1.5%, while in the whole of the European Union (EU) the increase was also two tenths, to 1.7%, according to data published by Eurostat today. P>
In August 2016, the indicator in the nineteen countries that share of the single currency stood at 0.2%, compared to 0.3% in the Twenty-eighth. p>
As far as Spain is concerned, annual inflation was 2%, after during the eighth month of last year. p>
The lowest annual rates were recorded in Ireland (0.4%), Cyprus (0.5%), Greece and Romania (0.6% (4.2%) and Latvia (3.2%). p>
Compared with July 2017, inter-annual inflation increased in 20 Member States, five and fell in three. p>
The biggest upward impacts on the euro area rate came from transport fuels (0.16 percentage points), housing services (0.10) and air transport (0.06), while lower inflation (telecommunications -0.12 points), vegetables (-0.05) and social protection (-0.04).