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MNI BRIEF: New High For EZ Inflation Muddies Water For ECB

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Inflation across the eurozone jumps to 8.6% in June, likely testing the ECB's resolve to stick with only 25bps hike in July.

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Eurozone inflation soared to a new high of 8.6% in June, according to a preliminary release from Eurostat, up from 8.1% in May and outpacing market expectations of an 8.5% increase. Month-over-month, prices rose an estimated 0.8%.

The increase was driven in part by higher gas prices, with strong y/y gains seen in Italy and Spain. German harmonised inflation slowed modestly, helped by fuel and travel subsidies, but it wasn't enough to slow the increase across the entire bloc. Core inflation, ex-energy, food, alcohol and tobacco slowed moderately in June, dipping to 3.7% from 3.8% in May. Alone, energy inflation stood at 41.9% y/y, up from 39.1% in May.

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Eurozone inflation soared to a new high of 8.6% in June, according to a preliminary release from Eurostat, up from 8.1% in May and outpacing market expectations of an 8.5% increase. Month-over-month, prices rose an estimated 0.8%.

The increase was driven in part by higher gas prices, with strong y/y gains seen in Italy and Spain. German harmonised inflation slowed modestly, helped by fuel and travel subsidies, but it wasn't enough to slow the increase across the entire bloc. Core inflation, ex-energy, food, alcohol and tobacco slowed moderately in June, dipping to 3.7% from 3.8% in May. Alone, energy inflation stood at 41.9% y/y, up from 39.1% in May.

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