By Maria Martinez 

The annual rate of inflation in Spain accelerated in October at the fastest pace since September 1992.

Consumer prices rose 5.5% on year in October, according to a first estimate released Thursday by the Spanish statistics office INE. Prices rose 4.0% on year in September.

This increase beats the forecast of a 4.5% increase by economists polled by The Wall Street Journal.

The increase in the annual inflation rate was caused mainly by a jump in electricity prices, as well as gas-and-oil product prices, INE said.

Consumer prices also rose 5.5% on year by European Union-harmonized standards, following a 4.0% increase in September.

The core consumer price index--which excludes the more volatile categories of food and energy--rose 1.4% on year in October, more than 4 points below the headline inflation rate. This is the biggest difference between the core inflation rate and the headline inflation rate ever recorded in Spain, the Spanish statistics office said.


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October 28, 2021 04:11 ET (08:11 GMT)

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