BERLIN (Reuters) - German annual inflation came to a standstill in July due to the coronavirus pandemic, posting its weakest reading in more than four years, preliminary data for Europe’s largest economy showed on Thursday.
German consumer prices, harmonised to make them comparable with inflation data from other European Union countries, stagnated year-on-year after rising by 0.8% in the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office said.
The reading compared with a Reuters forecast for 0.4% and was the lowest since May 2016.
On the month, EU-harmonised prices fell by 0.5% in July. A Reuters poll had predicted a drop of 0.2%.
The European Central Bank has a target of keeping inflation close to but below 2% in the euro zone.
Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Michelle Martin