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Romania inflation quickens to 5.3 pct y/y in Sept

BUCHAREST, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Romania's annual inflation

jumped to 5.3 percent on the year in September fromAugust's 3.9 percent due to a poor harvest, weak currency andenergy price hikes, official data showed on Wednesday.

Annual inflation was above market expectations and consumerprices rose 1.2 percent on the month, the National StatisticsBoard said. Food prices were up 2.3 percent from August, whilenon-food prices and services rose 0.6 and 0.4 percentrespectively.

Some analysts expect the central bank will miss its 2-4percent target band for price growth in 2012, which will limitthe scope for cutting interest rates from the current 5.25percent despite even as regional peers ease monetary policy.

A median forecast of 14 analysts polled by Reuters earlierthis month expected annual inflation at 4.7 percent in August,and a 0.5 percent advance on the month.

(Reporting by Sam Cage and Ioana Patran)

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