BERLIN, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Inflation rate in Germany rose slightly to 1.9 percent in July, official data showed on Tuesday.
Compared with July 2012, consumer price index (CPI) in the Europe's largest economy increased by 1.9 percent in July 2013. On the previous month, the index rose by 0.5 percent, said Wiesbaden-based Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in a statement, confirming its provisional estimate late last month.
The inflation rate measured by CPI had been 1.8 percent in June 2013 and 1.5 percent in May. According to Destatis, the slightly higher inflation rate in July was mainly driven by rising food prices. In July, overall food prices increased by 5.7 percent compared with the same period of last year.
Measured by harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP), which was used for European purposes, inflation rate in Germany remained unchanged at 1.9 percent in July, below European Central Bank's price stability maintenance target of 2.0 percent.