BUSINESS German prices fell 0.1% in July, first contraction since 2016

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German prices fell 0.1% in July, first contraction since 2016

AFP

20:29, July 30, 2020

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Prices in Germany's pandemic-hit economy fell by 0.1 percent year-on-year in July, official data showed Thursday, the first time inflation has turned negative since April 2016.

Federal statistics agency Destatis said the plunge, which comes after prices grew by 0.9 percent in June, was partly influenced by falling energy prices and the German government's temporary cut in value-added taxes.

The VAT reduction went into effect on July 1 and is a key measure of stimulus efforts aimed at helping Europe's top economy recover from the coronavirus-induced recession.

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