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Egypt consumer inflation rises to 11.8 pct in October

Reuters, Monday 10 Nov 2014
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Egypt's annual urban consumer inflation quickened to 11.8 percent in October from 11.1 percent in September, the official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Monday.

Inflation fell in September after a rise this summer triggered by the government's introduction of fuel price increases.

Annual inflation reached its highest rate in nearly four years a year ago, then began falling until the fuel price hikes in July.

Mohamed Abu Basha, an economist at EFG-Hermes, said he had predicted a smaller increase.

"It came above expectations and that's solely due to the jump in the category of education", he said, noting that the back-to-school period usually spurs a price hike but not the 25 percent registered by CAPMAS for October.

He said other items across the consumer basket saw mild increases, such as 0.9 percent month-on-month for food prices.

The Arab world's most populous country has been trying to repair an economy battered by political upheaval, street protests and militant violence since a popular uprising toppled president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government has started implementing politically sensitive economic reforms such as slashing energy subsidies in a bid to narrow the budget deficit and gain the confidence of foreign investors.

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