According to Eurostat Euro area annual inflation was 3.0% in October 20112, unchanged compared with September. A year earlier the rate was 1.9%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in October 2011. EU annual inflation was 3.4% in October 2011, up from 3.3% in September. A year earlier the rate was 2.3%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in October 2011. In October 2011, the lowest annual rates were observed in Sweden (1.1%), Ireland (1.5%) and Malta (2.4%), and the highest in the United Kingdom (5.0%), Estonia (4.7%) and Slovakia (4.6%). Compared with September 2011, annual inflation fell in nine Member States, remained stable in five and rose in thirteen. The lowest 12-month averages up to October 2011 were registered in Ireland (0.8%), Sweden (1.6%), the Czech Republic and Slovenia (both 2.0%), and the highest in Romania (6.6%), Estonia (5.2%) and the United Kingdom (4.3%).