PARIS Jan 6 It is still premature to declare
victory over economic weakness in the euro zone despite the
latest figures showing a pick-up in inflation, European Central
Bank Executive Board member Yves Mersch said on Friday.
"Statistics from just one month is not going to change our
position," Mersch told a conference in Paris.
Mersch, considered a hawk, added that wages were not growing
fast enough in the bloc to fuel inflationary pressure.
Inflation - below the bank's 2 percent target for over 3
years - is now on the way up, probably exceeding 1 percent early
next year, in what could provide relief for the ECB but also an
argument for hawks on its Governing Council to reduce stimulus.
(Reporting by Leigh Thomas; Writing by Michel Rose; Editing by