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Era of ultra low inflation unlikely to return: ECB's Lagarde

Era of ultra low inflation unlikely to return: ECB's Lagarde
Era of ultra low inflation unlikely to return: ECB's Lagarde Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022
Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022
By Reuters
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SINTRA, Portugal - The era of ultra low inflation that preceded the pandemic is unlikely to return and central banks need to adjust to significantly higher price growth expectations, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said on Wednesday.

Price growth, already over 8% across the 19-country euro area, is expected to climb further until early autumn, economists say, before a slow drop that could see the headline rate stay above the ECB's 2% target through 2024.

The ECB promised a 25 basis point interest rate hike in July, its first increase in over a decade, to be followed by a potentially larger move in September as it combats painfully high inflation.

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