Year-on-year, cost of unprocessed food went up by 0.6 percent, easing from a 1 percent gain in the previous month. Meanwhile, prices rose further for: Energy (2.2 percent from 1.9 percent); processed food, alcohol and tobacco (1.9 percent from 1.6 percent); and non-energy industrial goods (0.5 percent from 0.4 percent). Services inflation was steady at 1.6 percent.
Among major Member States, the highest annual rates were registered in Spain (1.7 percent), Germany (1.5 percent), Italy (1.2 percent) and France (0.8 percent). Irish consumer prices dropped 0.2 percent.
Annual core inflation, which excludes volatile prices of energy and unprocessed food and tobacco and at which the ECB looks in its policy decisions, rose to 1.2 percent from 1.1 percent in June.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.5 percent, in line with market consensus and after showing no growth in June.