• Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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Annual inflation rate slips below seven per cent mark

By: Kimberly Rodrigues

The annual inflation rate in Britain experienced a significant decrease in July, falling below seven per cent, official data revealed on Wednesday (16). This decline was attributed to reduced energy prices and aligned with economists’ expectations.

The Consumer Prices Index rose by an annual rate of 6.8 per cent, down from 7.9 percent in June, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement.

The CPI rate is the lowest in 15 months and met the predictions of analysts, including the Bank of England, which had forecast that rate of growth for July.

However, the UK’s inflation rate has for months remained the highest among G7 nations despite the bank hiking its key interest rate more than a dozen times since late 2021 in a bid to tame it.

Although there was a fall in gas and electricity prices in July, food prices continued to rise, but less quickly than the same month a year earlier.

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has set a target of halving inflation through this year to around five per cent by the end of 2023.

He said Wednesday’s figures showed “the plan is working”.

“If we stick to the plan I’ve set out, we’ll get it done,” Sunak added.

Data published Tuesday showed that UK unemployment increased in the three months to the end of June while wages grew at record annual pace.

(AFP)

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