Above-target inflation may push Riksbank to taper

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Inflation in Sweden rose sharply above the 2% target last month, which may prompt Sveriges Riksbank to taper its asset purchases.

In August, the consumer price index with fixed interest rates rose year on year by 2.4%, according to Statistics Sweden, up from 1.7% in July.

The statistical agency says the main contribution to higher inflation was rising prices on electricity and fuel. Higher prices in clothing and footwear also pushed the headline figure up, says Mikael Nordin, statistician at

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