Europe’s central banks jack up interest rates to fight inflation surge

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By John Revill and Andy Bruce BERN/LONDON (Reuters) – Central banks across Europe raised interest rates on Thursday, some by amounts that shocked markets, and hinted at even higher borrowing costs to come to tame soaring inflation that is eroding savings and squeezing corporate profits. Fuelled initially by soaring oil prices in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, inflation has broadened out to everything from food to services with double digit readings in parts of the continent. Such levels have not been seen in some places since the aftermath of the oil crisis of the 1970s. The Swiss N…

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