Falling Consumer Prices Lifts Euro Rate Cut Speculation

A greater-than-expected decline in consumer prices in the Eurozone for the month of December has given rise to an increase in speculation for further interest rate cuts. Inflation in the 17 countries sharing the euro was 2.7 percent in December on an annual basis, revised down from an earlier estimate of 2.8 percent for the month, the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said.

“The pressure is abating although the risks from energy are still there,” said Fabio Fois, an economist at Barclay’s Capital. “We think the ECB could bring rates as low as 0.5 percent in March,” he said.

Source: Reuters

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