(London Telegraph) Europe is one shock away from a deflation trap. A surprise anywhere in the world is all that it needs: an upset in China as the credit bubble pops, or a global bond shock as the US Federal Reserve winds down monetary stimulus.
Producer price inflation (PPI) fell to -1.4pc in the eurozone in October. This is how deflation becomes lodged in the price chain.
"Prices are sticky for a while as you approach zero inflation, but once you break through the ice into deflation things can move fast, as we've seen in Greece," said Julian Callow, global strategist at Barclays. "The European Central Bank needs to act before the horse has already bolted."
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