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    Eurozone inflation drops to 3.2 percent in October: EU estimate

    AFP
    31.10.2008 - 12:12 | Son Güncelleme: 31.10.2008 - 12:12

    Inflation in the 15 nations using the euro fell in October to 3.2 percent as oil prices slumped, according to a first estimate from the European Unions Eurostat data agency on Friday.

    The rate, which compared with 3.6 percent in September, marked the third month running that consumer prices have fallen since hitting a record 4 percent in July on the back of all-time high oil prices.

    Since reaching a peak in July of nearly $150 a barrel, oil prices have more than halved in the face of a deteriorating global economic outlook to about $64 a barrel on Friday.

    Although economists had expected inflation to fall slightly further to 3.1 percent, October’s drop nonetheless brought consumer prices a big step closer to the European Central Banks comfort zone of a rate close to but less than 2 percent.

     

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