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Inflation in Russia in 2007 could exceed 11% - Economic Ministry

Inflation in Russia in 2007 could exceed 11%, the director of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry’s macroeconomic forecasting department said Thursday.

Andrei Klepach told journalists that originally, inflation in 2007 was expected to reach 8% attributing the rise to structural factors like price hikes in staple foods, as well as monetary factors. Klepach said inflation in 2008 could exceed the 6-7% forecast. “We are currently specifying the inflation forecast for 2008. It looks like we won’t be within 6-7%,” he said. The ministry official also said the Russian government could restrict grain exports in 2008 to curb inflation. “We may impose a direct ban or introduce an export duty,” Klepach said adding that measures will depend on the market situation. He said grain exports were 3 million metric tons in October and if this trend continues, the government will consider additional measures to restrict exports. According to the economics ministry forecast, GDP growth in 2007 will reach 7.3-7.4%. (rian.ru)