UPDATE 2-Egypt urban inflation rises in October, core rate steady

Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:24am EST

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CAIRO Nov 10 (Reuters) - Egypt's urban consumer inflation accelerated in October, driven by higher consumer spending on food and transport, the state CAPMAS statistics agency reported on Sunday.

CAPMAS said inflation rose to an annual 10.4 percent in October from 10.1 percent in September. The central bank, meanwhile, said core inflation was 11.15 percent in the year to October - unchanged from the previous month.

Core inflation strips out subsidised goods and volatile items including fruit and vegetables.

Inflation has been pushed up this year by a weaker Egyptian pound, though the currency has steadily appreciated against the dollar since the army deposed elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3.

"This is a big rise for inflation within one month," CAPMAS head Abu Bakr al-Gindy told Reuters. "According to our statistics there was an obvious increase in the prices of meat, other food products and transport."

Gindy attributed the increase in the prices of meat to high demand during last month's religious Eid al-Adha holiday, when Muslims are required to distribute free meat to the poor.

Transport prices have gone up because more people are using buses and taxis in the absence of train services suspended due to security concerns. Gindy said inter-city travel had increased since the academic year began in mid-September.

Authorities have imposed a state of emergency and a night-time curfew since Aug. 14 after the crushing of pro-Mursi protest camps led to nationwide unrest.

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