Dutch inflation jumps to record high

The Hague, Oct 1 (IANS): Inflation in the Netherlands has jumped to a record high of 17.1 per cent in September, which came as a blow to the Dutch government.

"It is terrible... It is really extremely high," Xinhua news agency quoted Minister of Finance Sigrid Kaag as saying to local media on Friday

The record high year-on-year rate, as measured by the European Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) and reported by the Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), came on the heels of the 13.7 per cent rate for August, which already was a record.

The rising prices of energy made a significant contribution to inflation, according to the CBS.

The 17.1 per cent HICP figure is a first estimate based on still incomplete source data.

Regular figures, including inflation according to the regular Dutch consumer price index (CPI), will be published on October 6.

Kaag said that the Dutch government had already presented a package of measures worth 17 billion euros ($16 billion) to preserve purchasing power for most households and that they are still working on an energy price cap.

"We also have to be careful that we don't spend all the money now or else we will have nothing left in the event of a recession," she said.

"More intervention could actually fuel inflation. It's a balancing act that is being performed in many countries."



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