(Bloomberg) -- Inflation in the Netherlands decelerated for a second month as advances in energy costs eased.
Harmonized consumer prices rose 11.2% from a year earlier in November, compared with 16.8% in October, a preliminary estimate from the statistics office showed on Wednesday.
The reading follows slowdowns this month in Germany, Spain and Belgium. Inflation data for the 19-nation euro zone are due Wednesday, with economists also estimating a slight moderation -- the first in 1 1/2 years.
The figures will be key as ECB officials weigh a third straight 75 basis-point hike in borrowing costs or a smaller half-point move before a likely recession.
The Dutch headline figure was pulled lower by energy, which decelerated to 41.6% on an annual basis from 99.7% in Oct. The Dutch headline figure is partly so elevated because of how the statistics agency measures utility costs.
Dutch officials calculate energy-price increases by assuming consumers sign a new contract every month, when in reality some households have yearly or longer contracts that shield them from volatility in their bills. The agency said it’s working on a new way of calculating the energy prices.
The Netherlands publishes final November figures on Dec. 8.
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