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LONDON, Aug 17 (Reuters) - British retail sales growth slowed broadly as expected in July after a strong second quarter, as shoppers cut back on purchases of most goods other than food, adding to worries about a fall in consumer demand caused by higher inflation.

BRUSSELS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Inflation in the 19 countries sharing the euro currency remained stable in July, European statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday, but the much watched core inflation metric excluding volatile energy costs and unprocessed food rose.

TOKYO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Japan's exports rose for an eighth straight month in July on robust shipments to the United States and a boost from a weak yen, suggesting the economy is carrying strong momentum through to the second half of the year.