UK inflation drops

UK inflation falls sharply to 4.6% October 2023

UK inflation fell to 4.6% in October 2023, down from 6.7% in September 2023. 

This is the lowest rate of price increases since 2021 and the bigger than expected fall should provide some relief to UK households gripped by the cost-of-living crisis. 

The main factors that contributed to the drop in inflation were largely due to lower energy prices, food and non-alcoholic drink prices, and airfares. Economists suggested that the main reason inflation fell from its peak of 11.1% in October 2022 was due to the fall in the energy price cap, which limits what suppliers can charge consumers per unit of energy.

Office for National Statistics Data (ONS)

Office for National Statistics Data

However, the UK still has the highest inflation rate of any G7 country, and some economists warn that the Bank of England (BoE) may need to raise interest rates to prevent inflation from rising again.

Target hit

The UK government will no doubt rejoice today as the end-of-year 5% has been achieved earlier than expected. But don’t party too early, the actual target is 2%. There is a limit to how much credit ministers can take for the fall as energy prices settle.

The FTSE100 was happy, it climbed some 100 points in morning trade.

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