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German inflation higher again in May

[FRANKFURT] Inflation in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, crept higher in May with consumer prices rising by 0.7 per cent year-on-year, final data showed on Tuesday.

The index had risen in April by 0.5 per cent on a 12-month basis, the federal statistics office Destatis said in a statement.

Using the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) - the yardstick used by the European Central Bank - inflation in Germany also rose by 0.7 per cent year-on-year in May, still way under the ECB's annual inflation target of just below two per cent.

The final data confirm a preliminary estimate published earlier this month and appear to indicate that the ECB's monetary policy measures are slowly beginning to push up inflation.

In March, the ECB embarked on a massive trillion euro (S$1.5 trillion) bond purchase programme to ward off deflation and end stagnation in the eurozone economy.


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