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The key consumer price index continued its slide in September, dropping 2.3 percent from a year earlier, marking the seventh straight month of declines. But the fall slowed slightly after dropping at a record pace in August as the impact of dropping gasoline price began to wear off, government data showed Friday.

The core nationwide CPI, which excludes volatile fresh food prices, came to 100.2 against the base of 100 for 2005, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said in a preliminary report.

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