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Ethiopian inflation falls to 19 pct in Sept -Stats office

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's year-on-year rateof inflation slowed to 19 percent in September from20.2 percent a month earlier, helped by a slowdown in the rateof food price rises, official data showed on Wednesday.

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

Food price inflation dipped for the seventh straight monthto 17.7 percent from 20.4 percent in August, but the inflationrate of non-food items rose for the third consecutive month to21.1 percent from 19.8 percent.

(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Editing by Richard Lough)

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