Saturday, January 10, 2009

Tunisia December inflation eases to 4.1 pct yr/yr

TUNIS (Reuters) - Slowing growth in food costs drove Tunisia's
consumer price inflation down to 4.1 percent year-on-year in December
from 4.3 percent in November, official data showed on Friday.

The rise in food prices, the main component of Tunisia's inflation
gauge, eased to 3.1 percent from 3.9 percent a month earlier, according
to National Statistics Institute's figures.

Inflation for the whole year of 2008 was 5 percent, above the
government forecast of 3.0 percent due to soaring world prices of key
commodities. Inflation in 2007 stood at 3.1 percent.

The government has set 2009 inflation rate at 3.5 percent.

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