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UK inflation set to fall ‘dramatically’ as energy prices ease

14 Nov 2023 3 minute read
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Price rises in the UK are set to have fallen sharply last month in an encouraging sign for the Prime Minister and his pledge to halve inflation by the end of the year.

A slowdown in gas and electricity inflation is expected to drive a drop in Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation in October, providing some relief for households being squeezed by the rising cost of living.

Official figures are predicted to show CPI inflation at 4.7% in October, down from 6.7% in September.

It would mark the lowest inflation rate for two years.

Rishi Sunak pledged to halve inflation to below 5.4% by the end of the year, meaning he is likely to meet the target unless official figures show a surprise jump in CPI.

Economists at Investec Economics said October’s slowdown “should not come as a huge surprise” because last year saw gas and electricity prices soar.

Energy bills were capped at £2,500 last year for the typical household.

This year, industry regulator Ofgem has capped bills at £1,834 for the typical household as prices have fallen.

“Even so, we would not underestimate the psychological effect on both policymakers and markets of a materially lower rate of inflation,” the Investec analysts said.

Slowing momentum

Sanjay Raja, an economist at Deutsche Bank agreed the UK inflation picture is likely to change “dramatically” in October thanks to the lower Ofgem energy price cap and slowing momentum of food and drink inflation.

In good news for households, last month marked the first time in two years that food and non-alcoholic drink prices were lower than the previous month.

Higher grocery costs have weighed more heavily on lower-income households, who typically spend a larger proportion of budgets on essential items.

Meanwhile, higher petrol and diesel prices have acted as an upward pull on inflation in recent months and could remain under pressure.

The Bank of England decided to keep UK interest rates unchanged at 5.25% earlier this month and said inflation has been slowing more rapidly than previously expected.

Policymakers at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) think CPI inflation will fall to 4.8% in October and remain around that level for the rest of the year.

But the MPC predicted inflation will stay higher for longer, not returning to its 2% target until the end of 2025.

On Tuesday, new figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed earnings are outstripping inflation at the fastest pace for two years.

Data showed wages rose by 1% after taking CPI into account in the three months to September, the highest increase in real wages since the three months to September 2021.

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8 months ago

That reads like a smug self satisfied piece of misdirection from a corporate P.R wonk whose employer has made hay during the debacle of recent years. It has been creeping up on us for years but bearable for most of those who were just about managing. However all restraint then went overboard, in particular during the last 2 years of helter skelter uncontrolled pricing disarray where the validity of these indicies can be questioned justifiably. I even heard a Plaid spokesman the other day talking about “things settling down” when in reality we’ve seen a virtually irreversible rise in costs… Read more »

8 months ago

Settled down to far higher food prices. Deflation is needed to reverse the serious robbery of our pockets.

Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
8 months ago

What Planet is the writer on? Do they shop? Pay Bills? NOTHING is going down. My everyday costs for food, fuel etc has doubled over the last couple of years. How on Earth does the Government measure ‘inflation?’ Lets face it, they get ‘expenses’ for most things! Completely out of touch with reality!

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
8 months ago

Inflation dropping just means prices will rise slightly more slowly. It is not a drop in prices. Nothing will get any better. It will just get worse at a slightly more leisurely pace

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
8 months ago

What a pity this badly timed headline has come too late for Sunak and his shareholder tyranny buddies to get it past us, the oppressed, before the election.

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