Russia's consumer prices rise 0.1 pct in latest week

MOSCOW, April 24 Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:00am EDT

MOSCOW, April 24 (Reuters) - Russia's consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in the week to April 22, half the pace seen a week earlier, the Federal Statistics Service said on Wednesday.

This brings inflation since the start of the year to 2.3 percent, compared to 1.8 percent in the same period of 2012.

Russia's Economy Ministry expects annual inflation rate to rise to 7.1-7.2 percent in April from 7.0 percent seen in March.

The ministry forecast a monthly rise in consumer prices of between 0.4-0.5 percent in April. (Reporting by Lidia Kelly)

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