Beer inflation

UK inflation ticks up slightly in January 2024

Inflation, rose marginally to 4% in December, up from 3.9% in November 2023.

Economists had forecast a slight fall but unexpected rises in alcohol and tobacco prices were behind the surprise rise.

However, with energy bills predicted to come down in 2024, there are still expectations of interest rate cuts later this year.

On target still for 2%?

As we have seen in the Germany, the U.S., and France, inflation does not fall in a straight line, ‘but our plan is working and we should stick to it,‘ Jeremy Hunt reportedly said in a statement.

UK inflation from April 2019 to December 2023

UK inflation from April 2019 to December 2023

Unprepared for both the start and the end of the pandemic

Increases in the cost of energy and food costs, started by pandemic lockdowns ending exasperated further by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and more recently the conflict in Israel have put household finances under extreme pressure.

The UK and other countries were woefully underprepared for all of these events as they ‘began’ and at the ‘end’. We did not prepare to come out of them – there was no exit plan!

Markets and traders are still expecting BoE to cut its base rate in 2024 due to the fast-falling inflation rate. It peaked at 11.1% in October 2022 – and now sits at 4%.

The question is: will the economic recovery be good enough to allow the Bank of England to start cutting rates?

The UK interest rate currently sits at 5.25%.

Beer inflation
‘What’s inflation?’ ‘Dunno, but my beer’s gone up!’

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