German inflation slows in February, regional data suggests

BERLIN, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Inflation in six German states slowed on the year in February, regional data showed on Tuesday, suggesting that price pressures in Europe's largest economy remain muted despite a robust upswing, rising wages and unprecedented monetary stimulus.

The data highlights the uphill battle of the European Central Bank in getting inflation in the euro zone as a whole close to its price stability target of just below 2 percent.

In Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, annual inflation slowed to 1.3 percent in February from 1.5 percent in the previous month, the data showed. It also fell in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Saxony and Brandenburg.

The state readings, which are not harmonized to compare with other euro zone countries, will feed into nationwide inflation data due at 1300 GMT.

A Reuters poll conducted before the release of the regional data suggested that Germany's harmonized consumer price inflation rate would fall to 1.3 percent in February from 1.4 percent in the previous month.

The German government expects national consumer price inflation (CPI) to slow to 1.7 percent this year from 1.8 percent in 2017. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Catherine Evans)