Belgium's Inflation Rate Accelerates in July

Belgium's annual inflation rate increased in July, rising to 1.78% from 1.60% in June, the central bank said Friday.

Energy prices remain significantly above a year ago, the bank said.

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In recent weeks, the price of air tickets, hotel rooms and entertainment items rose.

The inflation rate, stripping of energy products, rose to 1.5% on the year, from 1.2% in June.

Write to Laurence Norman at

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July 28, 2017 06:20 ET (10:20 GMT)