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KPMG comments on May 2018 inflation figures

KPMG comments on May 2018 inflation figures

Yael Selfin, Chief Economist at KPMG in the UK, comments on today’s inflation figures

Yael Selfin - Chief Economist at KPMG in the UK.

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KPMG in the UK


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Yael Selfin, Chief Economist at KPMG in the UK, comments on today’s inflation figures:

“Consumer Price Inflation was unchanged in May at 2.4% after significant moderation in earlier months of this year. This is likely to be a new pattern for the remainder of this year, with CPI inflation unlikely to move further towards the Bank of England’s 2% target until sometime next year according to KPMG’s forecasts.

“While pressure from higher earnings so far remains contained despite the tight labour market, higher oil prices and the rise in the price of some commodities are largely to blame. However, weak productivity and dwindling spare capacity could put more pressure on prices in future months.

“The Bank of England is in a pickle. With rising domestic inflationary pressures on the horizon against uneven economic growth performance, it may need to bite the bullet and raise rates in November.”


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