UK shop price inflation rises to record high, industry data shows

UK store worth inflation reached its highest charge for at the very least 18 years in Could, regardless of the tempo of meals worth progress marginally easing, in line with new sector information.

The price of store gadgets rose at an annual charge of 9 per cent final month, up from 8.8 per cent in April, marking the quickest improve because the British Retail Consortium (BRC) data started in 2005, the commerce physique stated on Tuesday.

Nevertheless, meals inflation decelerated barely to fifteen.4 per cent in Could, falling from an all-time document excessive of 15.7 per cent the earlier month.

Client worth progress has accelerated since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 which resulted in spiralling vitality and meals costs globally.

Helen Dickinson, BRC chief government, stated that “whereas total store worth inflation rose barely . . . households will welcome meals inflation starting to fall”.

She added that the slowdown in meals worth rises was largely pushed by decrease vitality and commodity prices beginning to filter by way of provide chains and scale back inflation on some staples together with butter, milk, fruit and fish.

However the worth of chocolate and occasional rose off the again of the excessive international prices for these commodities. These pushed inflation for ambient meals — gadgets that may be saved at room temperature — to 13.1 per cent in Could, from 12.9 per cent within the earlier month.

Meals inflation impacts the poorest households hardest as they have a tendency to spend a bigger proportion of their funds on necessities.

Mike Watkins, head of retail and enterprise perception at NielsenIQ, which helps compile the info, stated that to mitigate the rising value of dwelling, buyers had been looking for seasonal promotions and grocery store loyalty scheme affords.

Information printed final week confirmed that meals gross sales volumes had been down 2.7 per cent from their pre-coronavirus ranges in March as customers in the reduction of on purchases in response to greater costs.

The BRC additionally reported that non-food inflation rose to five.8 per cent in Could, up from 5.5 per cent within the earlier month, regardless of retailers providing heavy reductions on footwear, books and residential leisure.

The BRC information prompt that the worth progress of meals and non-alcoholic drinks remained excessive.

In April, official meals inflation was 19.1 per cent, solely marginally down from a 45-year excessive of 19.2 per cent registered within the earlier month, in line with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics information launched final week. 

General inflation fell lower than anticipated to eight.7 per cent from 10.1 per cent within the earlier month, boosting expectations that the Financial institution of England will elevate charges additional to curb inflation.

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