Inflation hit 1.2% in December because of falling energy prices but would be 3.4% if the impact of fuel was removed from the calculations, national statistics office CBS said on Friday.
Inflation was 1.6% in November, but 4.2% when excluding the impact of fuel and energy. Inflation excluding energy reached a peak of 8% in March and has been going down since then.
December’s estimate takes the food and services inflation figure to 3.8% over the year.
On Thursday the CBS said wages had risen by an average of 6.1% in 2023, the biggest increase in 40 years, but that was not enough to offset the impact of inflation which depressed actual spending power by 2.1%.
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