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Canada February Core Inflation Rate Fastest in Three Years

Canadian inflation accelerated for a second month in February on higher costs for electricity and meat, as the central bank’s key price measure reached the fastest in more than three years.

The consumer price index rose 2.6 percent in February from a year earlier, following January’s 2.5 percent gain, Ottawa-based Statistics Canada said. The core rate, which excludes eight volatile items, accelerated to 2.3 percent, the fastest since December 2008. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg predicted the total rate would quicken to 2.7 percent and core inflation would be 2.2 percent, according to the median of 25 estimates.