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Georgia Inflation Rate Slowed to 8.5%, Statistics Office Says

Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Georgia’s inflation rate slowed in July for a second month as food prices dropped, the statistics office in Tbilisi said in an e-mailed statement today.

Consumer prices rose 8.5 percent in July from a year earlier, compared with 10 percent in June, the office said. Prices fell 1.6 percent in July from the previous month.

Georgian inflation will slow to 7.5 percent by the end of the year, after accelerating to 13.9 percent in the first quarter, the central bank said last month.

Inflation has exceeded the central bank’s 6 percent target for 13 months, driven by food prices that comprise more than 40 percent of Georgia’s consumer-inflation basket.

To contact the reporter on this story: Helena Bedwell in Moscow at hbedwell@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at bpenz@bloomberg.net

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