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Venezuela September inflation accelerates to 52.2%: central bank

[CARACAS] Venezuela's consumer prices rose 52.2 per cent in September compared with 34.6 per cent in August, the country's central bank said on Friday, adding that prices rose 4,679.5 per cent through the first nine months of the year.

The country's gross domestic product contracted by 26.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 with respect to the same period a year earlier, the bank said, part of an economic crisis that has forced more than 4 million people to leave the country.

The central bank stopped releasing basic economic indicators around four years ago, but this year has started doing so at irregular intervals.

The opposition-run congress, which began releasing its own economic indicators several years ago, said prices rose 23.5 per cent in September. Generally, the legislature tends to report higher figures than the central bank.

President Nicolas Maduro blames the country's economic problems on US sanctions and an "economic war" led by his political adversaries. His critics say failed state intervention in the economy and rampant corruption are to blame. 

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