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Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation rises 16% in Sept.

Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation rose to 16 percent in September from 14.24 percent in August, the official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Wednesday.

Egypt has been pushing ahead with a series of austerity measures, including fuel and electricity subsidy cuts and tax hikes, to help ease the country’s budget deficit.

The reforms have helped the government secure a $12 billion International Monetary Fund loan and allowed the central bank to revive its foreign currency reserves.

Egypt’s net foreign reserves rose to $44.459 billion at the end of September, from $44.42 billion a month earlier, according to the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

Egypt’s account deficit for the 2017/2018 financial year, which ended in June, narrowed by 58.6 percent to $6 billion, also according to the CBE.

Source: Ahram Online

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