ECB policymakers see risk inflation will stay above 2% next year - sources

FRANKFURT, Oct 28 (Reuters) - European Central Bank policymakers meeting on Thursday discussed the risk that inflation in the euro zone would stay above the ECB's 2% goal next year and were split about whether it would ease back in 2023, two sources told Reuters.

ECB President Christine Lagarde acknowledged at a news conference that inflation would stay high for longer than anticipated but insisted that it would ease back next year and remain below the ECB's goal in 2023.

Sources said policymakers at the meeting saw a risk that inflation, which hit 3.4% last month and is expected to come in at 3.7% in October, would stay above 2% next year.

Chief economist Philip Lane and the doves on the Governing Council were adamant that price growth would be below that threshold in 2023 but hawks were more cautious, noting market-based inflation expectations were pointing higher.

But no-one at the meeting backed market expectations for a rate hike in late 2022.

An ECB spokesman declined to comment. (Reporting By Francesco Canepa, Frank Siebelt and Balazs Koranyi )

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