Slovenia Inflation Rate Edges up in February

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Slovenia's consumer prices grew by 3.4% year-on-year in February, after rising by 3.3% in January, figures from the Statistics Bureau of Slovenia (SURS) showed on Thursday.

Prices increased at a faster pace for housing & utilities (4.7% vs 3.6%), transport (0.3% vs 0.1%), alcoholic beverages & tobacco (6.3% vs 6.2%), health (10.9% vs 9.4%), and restaurants & hotels (6% vs 5.5%). Conversely, prices slowed for food & non-alcoholic beverages (2% vs 3.2%) and miscellaneous goods & services (5.8% vs 5.2%) while decreased less for communications (-1.4% vs -1.6%).

On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.8% in February, rebounding from a 0.6% fall in the previous month. Separate data from the Ljubljana-based agency showed that Slovenia's unemployment rate came in at 3.3% at the end of January, 0.1% lower than in December.

According to estimates, there were 34,000 unemployed persons in the age group 15–74 in January, of whom 53% were men and 47 % were women. The unemployment rate among men was 3.1% and among women 3.4%.

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