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Category Archives: Consumer Price Index

Slowest rate of UK inflation since November 2009

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) annual inflation figure now stands at 2.2% for September, according to figures issued this morning by the Office for National Statistics. This is the lowest level for nearly three years when it reached 1.9% in November 2009. The reason for the decline in CPI was largely due to what didn’t happen. Twelve months ago there … Continue reading

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UK inflation continues to fall

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 3.4% in February, from 3.6% the month before, according to the Office for National Statistics. This means that inflation has been on a downward path since September last year, and has fallen to its lowest rate since November 2010. The recent trend can be seen in the Figure below. RPI and CPI Percentage … Continue reading

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Inflation continues to fall

Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has fallen for the second month running to reach 4.8% in November, from 5.0% in October. There was also a fall in the Retail Prices Index (RPI), which includes mortgage interest payments, to 5.2% from 5.4%. Factors accounting for the fall in the rate of inflation include a slowdown in food and non-alcoholic drink prices, … Continue reading

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Inflation starts to slow

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 5.0% in October from 5.2% in September. The largest downward pressures to the change in CPI annual inflation between September and October came from falls in the cost of food (due to significant and widespread discounting by supermarkets and good harvests for certain produce), air fares and petrol. But working in the other … Continue reading

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Big rise in inflation and heartfelt apologies from Mr King

Look away now if you are of a nervous disposition. Latest figures from the ONS this morning show that CPI annual inflation reached 4.5% in April, up from 4.0% in March. The only time CPI inflation was higher than this was in September 2008 when it reached 5.2% which was a record high. The RPI figure came in at 5.3% … Continue reading

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Surprise fall in UK inflation rate

The Consumer Prices Index fell to 4.0% in March from 4.4% in February, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics. This came as a big surprise to most analysts as it was expected that the index would continue to push up to the 5% mark. It seems that we have to be thankful to falls in food … Continue reading

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Shock rise in UK prices

CPI annual inflation, the government’s target measure, was 4.4% in February, which was a substantial rise on the figure of 4.0% recorded in January. Most analysts had been expecting a rise, but not by as much as this. This is the highest figure since October 2008. The main upward pressure on prices came from domestic heating costs – particularly gas, … Continue reading

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Inflation continues to climb

CPI annual inflation was 4.0% in January, rising from 3.7% in December, according to figures released by the ONS today. The ONS said that: “Two of the main factors that had an impact on the January data are the increase in the standard rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) to 20 per cent and the continued increase in the price … Continue reading

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Oops! CPI inflation rises to 3.7%. Zimbabwe here we come

“Inflation will soon be in double figures” says Governor of the Bank of England. “We can’t raise interest rates. That’s the only thing preventing David Cameron’s fiscal policy turning the country into a total wasteland.” Well he didn’t actually say that, but he might have liked to. The Governor’s mantra that inflation will eventually come down of its own accord, … Continue reading

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House prices are now 18% below their pre-recession peak

House prices fell 1.3% between November and December 2010 according to the Halifax. This meant a further fall of about £2,000 in the average price of a house, which now stands at £163,435. Overall, there was a fall in prices of 1.6% over 2010 as a whole, and house prices are now about 18% below their peak in the third … Continue reading

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