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

UK store worth inflation reached its highest fee for no less than 18 years in Could, regardless of the tempo of meals worth development marginally easing, in accordance with new sector information.

The price of store objects rose at an annual fee of 9 per cent final month, up from 8.8 per cent in April, marking the quickest improve for the reason that British Retail Consortium (BRC) data started in 2005, the commerce physique mentioned on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, 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 development has accelerated since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 which resulted in spiralling power and meals costs globally.

Helen Dickinson, BRC chief government, mentioned that “whereas general 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 power and commodity prices beginning to filter by 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 — objects 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 an inclination to spend a bigger proportion of their price range on necessities.

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

Knowledge printed final week confirmed that meals gross sales volumes have been down 2.7 per cent from their pre-coronavirus ranges in March as shoppers reduce on purchases in response to larger 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 steered that the value development 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 accordance 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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