UK Inflation Accelerates in September

24 Octobre, 2020, 15:25 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • UK Inflation Accelerates in September

British inflation rose to 0.5 percent in September, official data showed Wednesday, as the United Kingdom government ended a meals discount scheme boosting the restaurant sector battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The new series of CPI (IW) with the base year 2016 will replace the existing 2001 series, it added. The government, however, said that dearness allowance, which is linked to the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (CPI-IW), will remain unchanged for now. "CPI without fuel covers all goods and services except unleaded petrol RON95, unleaded petrol RON97 and diesel", said Mohd Uzir. The 3 percent partial recovery in prices throughout the sector in September, however, implies that outlets have continued to provide an "unofficial" EOHO scheme in a bid keep diner levels up, noted Lloyds Bank in a research report.

Gangwar also released the maiden index with base year 2016 for September, which stands at 118.

Excluding gasoline, consumer prices rose one per cent.

Canadian retail sales, meanwhile, rose by 0.4% in August from July, missing analyst expectations of a gain of 1.1%.

"Today's headline rate of inflation of 0.5% signals that gross business rates bills next year for 2021-22 will increase by £159.42m in England", said real estate adviser Altus Group.

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The highest decrease was recorded by Melaka (-2.2 per cent), Sabah & Labuan (-2.2 per cent) and Kedah & Perlis (-2.2 per cent), followed by Sarawak (-2.1 per cent), Negeri Sembilan (-1.9 per cent) and Johor (-1.9 per cent).

This was partially offset by smaller downward contributions from furniture, household equipment and maintenance; games, toys and hobbies; and food and non-alcoholic beverages. The highest increase was recorded by Selangor & Federal Territory Putrajaya (2.4%), then Terengganu (1.6%), Johor (1.5%) and Perak (1.5%).

"The cumulative cuts of 125 basis points in the Overnight Policy Rate this year is sufficient to provide accommodative monetary policy support to Malaysia's economy", it said. "We reiterate our GDP forecast of -4.4% in 2020", it said.

The new series also incorporates the changes in the consumption pattern of the working class families since the earlier base year of 2001.

Year to date, the deflation rate is at -1%.

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