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French inflation eases to three-month low of 1.2%

French inflation eases to three-month low of 1.2%
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PARIS (Reuters) – French inflation slowed to a three-month low in August in line with expectations, according to preliminary EU-harmonised data from the INSEE stats agency on Friday.

Consumer prices rose 0.5% in August, giving a 12-month inflation rate of 1.2%, the lowest level since May and down from 1.3% in July. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast 1.2% on average.

The decline was driven by a sharper fall in prices for manufactured goods and to a lesser extent energy and tobacco, INSEE said.

Separately, INSEE said that producer prices rose 0.4% in July, and were unchanged over one year.

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Geert De Clercq)

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