UK hits 2% Bank of England’s inflation target for the first time since 2021

Inflation has reached the Bank of England’s target for the first time in nearly three years, having soared to 11.1% in October 2022, the highest in over four decades – driven by a spike in energy and food prices following the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In the year leading up to May 2024, prices increased by 2%, a decrease from the 2.3% rise in the previous month, according to official statistics.

The economy remains a central issue in the lead-up to the general election on July 4th, with all major parties discussing strategies to manage the cost of living.

This discussion precedes the Bank of England’s upcoming decision on UK interest rates this due on 20th June 2024.

The bank is anticipated to maintain the rate at 5.25% – a peak not seen in 16 years – for the seventh consecutive meeting, with the market not expecting a reduction until August 2024.

The decline in May’s inflation rate was attributed to slower price increases for food and soft drinks, recreation and culture, and furniture and household items.

Fuel pump prices remain high.

The inflation target has been achieved – it must be time for a reduction in interest rates.

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