UK 1% INFLATION RISE – THE TIP OF AN INFLATIONARY ICEBERG

Commenting on the latest UK inflation figures Dr Andrew Sentance,senior economic adviser at PwC, and former Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member said:

“Inflation has risen to 1.0 percent this month, as expected. Higher import prices are feeding through to consumers because of the fall in sterling since the EU referendum vote. This latest rise, however, is just the tip of the inflationary iceberg which is coming our way. Since the beginning of September, sterling has fallen a further 8 percent or so against the euro and the dollar. This will continue to push up inflation in the months ahead. A stronger oil price will add further to price rises for energy and transport.

“Over the course of next year, we should expect inflation to rise above the Bank of England’s 2 percent target. This will squeeze household spending power and add to the slowdown in the economy in 2017. PwC is forecasting a slowdown in growth to around 1% next year, with investment cutbacks reinforcing the slowdown in consumer spending.”

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