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Inflation unexpectedly slows to lowest rate in 18 months

20 Sep 2023 1 minute read
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UK inflation unexpectedly fell in August as a drop in hotel and air fare costs and a slowdown in food price rises helped offset a jump in fuel costs, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said Consumer Prices Index inflation was 6.7% in August, down from 6.8% in July.

It marks the lowest rate since February last year. Analysts had predicted inflation to accelerate last month to a reading of 7.1% due to a sharp rise in motor fuel amid a rebound in oil prices.

Grant Fitzner, the ONS’s chief economist, said: “The rate of inflation eased slightly this month driven by falls in the often-erratic cost of overnight accommodation and air fares, as well as food prices rising by less than the same time last year.

“This was partially offset by an increase in the price of petrol and diesel compared with a steep decline at this time last year, following record prices seen in July 2022.

“Core inflation has slowed this month by more than the headline rate, driven by lower services prices.”

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8 months ago

The monthly round of manufactured cheer continues. So our ability to buy diminishes at a marginally lower rate. Thank you very much Rishi and your bunch of delinquent spivs. That the witch Truss is still sucking huge dollops of money out of the public purse is a disgrace when she buggered up a lot of people’s ability to just about manage in a matter of weeks in 2022.

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