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Austria's inflation in May highest in 46 years

People shop Easter eggs at the Schonbrunn Palace Easter market in Vienna, Austria, April 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Guo Chen)

Tobias Thomas, director general of Statistics Austria, said in a statement that rising energy, fuel and food prices were the main drivers of inflation in May.

VIENNA, June 17 (Xinhua) -- Austria's inflation surged to 7.7 percent in May, the highest level since April 1976, Statistics Austria said on Friday.

The May inflation rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than that in April.

People wearing masks are seen at a public transport station in Vienna, Austria, June 1, 2022. (Xinhua/Guo Chen)

Tobias Thomas, director general of Statistics Austria, said in a statement that rising energy, fuel and food prices were the main drivers of inflation in May.

The Austrian government on Tuesday unveiled a massive package of long-term measures to combat the soaring inflation, including increasing social benefits for the unemployed and other vulnerable groups.

Photo taken on March 25, 2021 shows wind turbines in Lower Austria, Austria. (Xinhua/Guo Chen)

The anti-inflation package is expected to cost 6 billion euros (6.28 billion U.S. dollars) this year and 28 billion euros until 2026. (1 euro = 1.05 U.S. dollars) ■