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German Inflation Slowdown in January Highlights ECB Dilemma

  • Consumer prices rise annual 1.4% vs estimated 1.6% gain
  • Eurostat will release euro-area inflation data on Jan. 31
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The subdued inflation outlook means the ECB can "lean back," Berenberg’s Holger Schmieding says.Source: Bloomberg
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German inflation unexpectedly slowed for a second month in January, highlighting the challenge the European Central Bank faces as it gauges when it can start unwinding stimulus. The euro dropped.

Consumer prices rose an annual 1.4 percent, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday. That’s less than the 1.6 percent increase recorded in December and the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey. Prices fell 1 percent from December.