Inflation cuts the income of Spaniards twice as much as that of Germans or French

Inflation cuts the income of Spaniards twice as much as that of Germans or French


The OECD warns that the rise in prices is affecting family economies, with a 1.2% drop in per capita income in the G7 countries, but 4.1% in Spain

Edurne Martinez

The high inflation that all countries are suffering as a result of the war in Ukraine is a matter of great "concern" for the OECD, which in its latest report on household income warns that real income per capita fell in the first quarter, which means a lower purchasing power of families and the slowdown of the economy.

According to their calculations, real per capita household income fell 1.1% in the OECD area from January to March, coinciding with the start of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. On the contrary, the GDP per inhabitant grew by 0.2% in the same period, which continues the trend of the three previous quarters in which the GDP has exceeded the per capita income of households, contrary to what was observed at start of the pandemic.

The gap increased so much during the year of confinement, that the real income of households is today 2.9% higher than in January 2020 despite the fall it is experiencing in recent months, while the GDP is only a 1.6% higher.

What has been happening for several months is that the increase in consumer prices is "undermining" household income, details the OECD. In the average of the G7 countries, income per inhabitant fell by 1.2%. Among these economies, the impact of inflation on families in the first quarter was particularly high in France, where per capita income fell 1.9%, and in Germany, where it fell 1.7%.

But these figures have no comparison with those of Spain, where high inflation has contributed to a large drop in per capita income of citizens, specifically 4.1%, four times more than the OECD and G7 average. The only European country that exceeds Spain is Austria, with a decrease of 5.5%.

This is not surprising considering that Spain's inflation rate is the highest among its European partners. The latest data published by Eurostat for the month of July indicates that, on average, the countries of the eurozone registered 8.9% inflation, compared to 10.8% in Spain. Also higher than that of Germany (8.5%), Italy (8.4%), Portugal (9.4%) or France (6.8%).

Nothing to do with what is happening in Canada, where the highest growth in family income was recorded in the first quarter of the year (+1.5%). This was due to the increase in salaries, 3.8% in nominal terms in that period.

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