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Higher gasoline prices pushed Canada’s annual inflation rate to a 10-month high in December, but the news is unlikely to knock the Bank of Canada off track in its pledge to hold interest rates steady for some time.
The consumer price index slipped 0.3 percent in December from November, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday. But 12-month inflation was 1.3 percent, the highest since the 1.4 percent rate of February 2009, due largely to the base effect of a steep decline in gasoline prices in December 2008. In November, annual inflation was 1.0 percent.
Still, the data was below market expectations and inflation was in the lower end of the Bank of Canada’s target range of 1 to 3 percent.
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