Inflation reached its peak in November - ECB's Schnabel

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Isabel Schnabel, member of the German advisory board of economic experts attends the 29th Frankfurt European Banking Congress (EBC) at the Old Opera house in Frankfurt, Germany November 22, 2019. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

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BERLIN, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The ECB believes that inflation peaked in November, meaning it would be premature to raise interest rates as price increases look likely to slow gradually next year, European Central Bank board member Isabel Schnabel said.

Inflation would trend back towards 2% next year, she told ZDF television on Monday, as supply bottlenecks and energy price growth level off. The current high figures reflected both supply bottlenecks and from a base effect resulting from prices being lower last year at the height of the pandemic.

"Most forecasts actually assume inflation will fall below 2%, so there really are no signs of price rises getting out of control," she said.

"If we thought inflation would permanently settle above 2%, we would definitely react. However, at the moment, we see no indications of this," she added.

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Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Zuzanna Szymanska

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