Seven out of 10 Germans using less energy due to soaring prices -survey

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A view shows pipes at the landfall facilities of the 'Nord Stream 1' gas pipeline in Lubmin, Germany, July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse

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BERLIN, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Seven out of 10 Germans are using less energy due to decades-high inflation in Europe's largest economy while half are spending less on leisure activities, according to a new survey.

The share of those using less energy is up from 63% in April this year, according to Infratest dimap's survey of 1,273 citizens for broadcaster ARD.

Annual inflation accelerated to 8.5% in July from 7.8% in April, driven by a 35% rise in energy costs.

Lower-income households are changing their habits most, according to the survey, with two-thirds reducing their daily shopping and spending on leisure activities and holidays compared with half of households with an average income.

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Reporting by Sarah Marsh; Editing by Leslie Adler

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