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The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) says the country's headline consumer inflation at 8.4% in April 2021 came out lower than in the projected trajectory published in the April 2021 Inflation Report.

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However, underlying inflationary pressures, as measured by core inflation, intensified amid sustained demand and higher production costs.

"Core inflation accelerated to 6.3% y-o-y [year-over-year] (from 5.9% y-o-y in March)," the report said.

The NBU expects that significant inflationary pressures will persist in the coming months, given strong consumer demand and high global prices, particularly for energy and food.

Background

Consumer inflation in Ukraine in April 2021 vs. April 2020 stood at 8.4%, having slowed from 8.5% in March 2021 y-o-y.