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Euro-Area Inflation Rate Seen Heading Back to Zero Again

  • Survey says consumer prices probably stagnated in February
  • Recent data may reinforce worries among ECB policy makers
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The euro area’s inflation rate probably slipped back to zero this month, ending a brief run of price gains and adding urgency to the European Central Bank’s review of its stimulus.

The stagnation forecast by economists follows a 0.3 percent increase in consumer prices in January. The deterioration may not end this month, with ECB policy makers saying that lower oil costs mean that price drops are on the cards in the coming months.