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South Korean Producer-Price Inflation Eases to a 15-Month Low

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- South Korean producer prices rose at the slowest pace in 15 months in December as vegetable and fruit costs declined.

Prices climbed 4.3 percent from a year earlier, after a 5.1 percent increase in November, the Bank of Korea said in a statement from Seoul today. They rose 0.2 percent from November. The cost of fruit fell 26 percent last month from a year earlier and that of vegetables dropped 13 percent, the bank said.

The central bank left its benchmark rate unchanged at 3.25 percent in December for a sixth straight month to shield growth as Europe’s fiscal crisis threatens to curb global expansion. The consumer inflation rate was 4.2 percent in December, breaching the central bank’s target limit of 4 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sungwoo Park in Seoul at spark47@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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