(In alert, corrects August figure to 5.61 pct ..not.. 6.49 pct)

CAIRO, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Egypt's core annual inflation rate dropped to 5.55 percent in September, down from 5.61 percent in August, the central bank said on Thursday.

Inflation spiked in Egypt after the government slashed subsidies in July 2014, pushing up fuel prices by as much as 78 percent.

(Reporting by Eric Knecht; Editing by Hugh Lawson) ((Eric.Knecht@thomsonreuters.com; +20 2 23948181; Reuters Messaging: eric.knecht@thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))