BRUSSELS (AP) - Official figures show consumer prices across the 19-country eurozone rose in May were up 0.3 percent from the year before, the first positive reading in six months.

BRUSSELS (AP) Official figures show consumer prices across the 19-country eurozone rose in May were up 0.3 percent from the year before, the first positive reading in six months.

The increase reported Tuesday by the EU's statistics agency, Eurostat, was slightly higher than market expectations for a 0.2 percent increase and suggests that the eurozone is past its period of falling prices.

The European Central Bank was worried that a protracted period of falling prices, called deflation, may hurt the eurozone economy. Falling prices can prompt consumers to delay spending as they await cheaper bargains down the line and businesses to rein in investment.