WIGAN, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: People walk past some of the closed shops at the Galleries Shopping Centre which has closed its shops and is in the process of being developed into flats, restaurants and a cinema on June 30, 2022 in Wigan, England. Even before the country's high streets were hammered by various Covid-19 restrictions, the city's shopping districts had been in a state of decline for years, due in part to competition from online retailers and those of bigger cities nearby. The rising cost of living will pose a further challenge. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in countries using the euro set another eye-watering record, pushed higher by a huge increase in energy costs fueled partly by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Annual inflation in the eurozone’s 19 countries hit 8.6% in June, surging past the 8.1% recorded in May. That’s according to the latest numbers published Friday by the European Union statistics agency, Eurostat. Inflation is at its highest level since recordkeeping for the euro began in 1997. Energy prices rocketed 41.9% and food prices were up 8.9%, both faster than the increases recorded in the previous month. Rising consumer prices are a problem worldwide, with the U.S. and Britain seeing inflation at 40-year highs.