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Eurozone's December inflation turns negative

Drop may spur European Central Bank to start government bond-buying

Since the euro's 1999 launch, inflation has only once fallen below zero, staying there for five months in 2009.


EUROZONE inflation turned negative in December for the first time since 2009, with cheap oil driving a bigger than expected decline that may prompt the European Central Bank to start printing money.

The European statistics office said in a first estimate on Wednesday that