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Eurozone inflation rises in September


Eurozone inflation rises in September


Inflation in the eurozone got a caffeine and nicotine fuelled boost in September.

People paid more in restaurants and cafes. Cigarette prices also rose, along with rents.

Among the things that got cheaper was energy, but it did not fall as much as back in the summer when oil prices dropped.

As a result consumer prices in the 19 countries using the euro rose 0.4 percent month-on-month and by the same amount year-on-year.

The data are good news for the European Central Bank which has been trying to stimulate the region’s economy amid concerns about stagnant prices leading to deflation.

ECB policymakers are due to meet on Thursday and there are expectations they will start looking at reining in the volume of extra emergency aid they give to the eurozone economy next year.

The ECB wants to keep inflation at below, but close to two percent over the medium term.

The numbers

  • Food, alcohol and tobacco prices rose 0.7 percent year-on-year in September
  • Unprocessed food was 1.1 percent more expensive year-on-year
  • Energy prices were 3.0 percent lower than a year earlier, but up 1.0 percent from August
  • Core inflation (without volatile energy and unprocessed food items) rose 0.4 percent on the month for a 0.8 percent year-on-year gain

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