Cristina Varela is the Head Economist of the Financial Scenarios Unit at BBVA Research.Cristina Varela has been working since 1993 in different BBVA areas related to the analysis of economic and financial variables to prepare strategy reports and market indicators and to establish recommendations on financial assets. Before that she worked as an economist in a financial consultancy firm (EUROTANDEM) and on foreign trade (ACE). She has published a number of articles in newspapers and economic journals.Cristina Varela holds a degree in Economy from the Complutense University of Madrid and completed her postgraduate training for a Master’s Degree in Financial Markets at San Pablo C.E.U. Madrid University. She is also holds a doctorate in international economy from the Complutense University of Madrid. She is a recurring attendee of courses and seminars in international and Spanish universities.
Inflation continued trending down thanks to the base effect and lower commodity prices, while core inflation barely declined. Inflation goods continued moderating while services inflation remain more sticky.
Headline inflation intensified its downward trend in most countries in May, while core inflation seems to have left the peak behind, but remains high. Supply disruptions are close to normalized levels but continue to soften.
Headline inflation eased further in the US in April, while May data for the Euro Area showed price pressures eased after having picked up in April. That said, core inflation remains sticky overall. In contrast, inflation slowed markedly in China.