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Ethiopian inflation falls to 19 pct in Sept -Stats office

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's year-on-year rate of inflation slowed to 19 percent in September from 20.2 percent a month earlier, helped by a slowdown in the rate of food price rises, official data showed on Wednesday.

The Central Statistics Agency said that consumer prices in the Horn of Africa country rose 1.5 percent during the month of September, slower than the 1.9 percent increase recorded in August.

Food price inflation dipped for the seventh straight month to 17.7 percent from 20.4 percent in August, but the inflation rate of non-food items rose for the third consecutive month to 21.1 percent from 19.8 percent.

(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Richard Lough)

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Keywords: ETHIOPIA INFLATION/