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German inflation hits highest level since July 2013

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The surprisingly strong surge in consumer prices may put a damper on Germans' appetite for shopping as higher inflation means consumers have less real income to spend.

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GERMAN inflation rose more than expected in December, hitting the highest level in more than three years, preliminary data showed on Tuesday, a welcome sign for the European Central Bank (ECB) that price pressures in Europe's biggest economy are pushing up.

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