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Inflation 3% in 2012, highest since 2008

'Trolley' up 4.3% over the year

Inflation 3% in 2012, highest since 2008

Rome, January 4 - Italy's annual inflation rate for 2012 was 3.0%, the highest since 2008, statistics agency Istat said Friday on the basis of preliminary estimates. The so-called 'trolley' of most frequently bought goods like groceries and petrol also hit a post-2008 high, of 4.3%. In December the inflation rate fell to 2.4% from 2.5% in November, returning to its February 2011 mark. Prices rose 0.3% month on month, Istat said.

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