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MNI BRIEF: RBNZ Inflation Fears Fall Short, 50bp On Radar

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(MNI) Perth

Evidence that inflation isn't accelerating as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand had forecast has dented the odds of a 75bp hike at its February 22 meeting, with a 50bp increase seen as a certainty given inflation remains well above target.

The Consumers Price Index rose at a 1.4% q/q and 7.2% y/y pace in Q4, StatsNZ said, falling shy of the 7.5% forecast in the central bank's November Monetary Policy Statement. While well above the RBNZ's 1-3% inflation target, there was some relief as the trimmed mean fell to 6.1% y/y from 6.4% y/y previously, while non-tradables inflation steadied at 6.6% y/y.

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Evidence that inflation isn't accelerating as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand had forecast has dented the odds of a 75bp hike at its February 22 meeting, with a 50bp increase seen as a certainty given inflation remains well above target.

The Consumers Price Index rose at a 1.4% q/q and 7.2% y/y pace in Q4, StatsNZ said, falling shy of the 7.5% forecast in the central bank's November Monetary Policy Statement. While well above the RBNZ's 1-3% inflation target, there was some relief as the trimmed mean fell to 6.1% y/y from 6.4% y/y previously, while non-tradables inflation steadied at 6.6% y/y.

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