PRICES UP ON YEAR IN WESTERN GERMANY

PRICES UP ON YEAR IN WESTERN GERMANY

Western Germany's consumer price index fell 0.1 percent in July from June and was up 2.3 percent on the year, according to provisional figures released by the Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden Wednesday.

The data compares with a Knight-Ridder survey, which predicted a 0.1 percent monthly increase and a 2.3 percent rise from July 1994.In June, western German consumer prices rose 0.4 percent on the month and were 2.4 percent higher on the year.

The preliminary CPI data are based on inflation returns from four western German states: North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and Hesse.

The final, more detailed, figures will be released in mid-August, the statistics office said.