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Eurozone Inflation Hits New All-Time High Of 10% In September

By The Tokenist (Tim Friese)Market OverviewSep 30, 2022 06:34AM ET
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Eurozone Inflation Hits New All-Time High Of 10% In September
By The Tokenist (Tim Friese)   |  Sep 30, 2022 06:34AM ET
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Inflation in the euro area hit a new all-time high of 10% in September, driven by colossal energy and food costs.

According to Eurostat data, inflation in the Eurozone surged to a new peak of 10% in September, marking the first time that inflation hit double digits in the region. The new print came higher compared to consensus estimates of 9.7% in a Bloomberg survey of economists.

Wild Energy Costs Fuel Eurozone Inflation To Double-Digits For The First Time Ever

Euro area inflation jumped to 10% in September year-over-year, a new all-time high for the region, driven by rampant energy and food costs. The new reading was higher than analysts’ expectations of 9.7%, marking the fifth consecutive month inflation has exceeded estimates.

The new print represents a sharp jump from last month when inflation stood at 9.1%, the first time it hit double digits. Core inflation, which does not factor in volatile food and energy costs, also recorded a new all-time high of 4.8%.

The enormous consumer prices continue to pressure the European Central Bank (ECB), forcing it to keep introducing aggressive interest rate hikes. The markets expect a second consecutive 75 basis-point increase following its unprecedented hike earlier this month. ECB’s next policy meeting is scheduled for Oct. 27. Martins Kazaks, a member of the ECB Governing Council, said,

“The next step still has to be big because we are still far away from rates that are consistent with 2% inflation. I would side with 75 basis points.”

Energy and food costs were once again the primary drivers of inflation, with policymakers expecting an even tougher couple of months ahead as Europe’s gas supply remains low since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As such, consumer prices are likely to surge even further in some countries, where recessions are almost inevitable.

New UK Prime Minister’s Growth Plan Leads To A Financial Crisis

While eurozone inflation reached a new peak, consumer prices remain sky-high globally. However, it appears that the UK is going through a terrible financial crisis, which many believe the country’s policymakers are responsible for.

Firstly, the UK introduced a relatively weak interest rate hike to tame raging inflationary pressures. To make things worse, the new prime minister Liz Truss introduced the largest tax cuts in 50 years to stimulate economic growth with no clear plan on how to pay for them.

The announcement caused havoc in the UK markets, pushing the pound to a record low against the US dollar and bond prices collapsing. To save what can be saved, the UK central bank said Wednesday it plans to print £65 billion ($70 billion) to buy government bonds between now and Oct. 14 and protect the economy from Truss’ growth plan.

Eurozone Inflation Hits New All-Time High Of 10% In September
 

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Eurozone Inflation Hits New All-Time High Of 10% In September

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