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Europe’s inflation eases to 6.9% as energy falls but food up
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Inflation in the 20 countries that use the euro currency have slowed to the lowest level in a year.
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TAG: Correspondent Jeremy House reporting. Economists say core inflation increased to a record 5.7-percent. They expect that to push the central bank to keep raising interest rates.
VERBATIM: Energy prices dropped in March, but food costs were still on the rise, keeping pressure on the European Central Bank to keep raising interest rates. Data from the European Union’s statistics agency shows that consumer prices rose 6.9% in March from a year earlier. That’s down from 8.5% in February. Prices for food, alcohol and tobacco rose by 15.4%, while energy prices fell 0.9%.
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