Inflation data doesn’t justify rate rise
Julian Jessop quoted by the Express
Christopher Snowdon writes for The Spectator
“The inflation data shows a welcome fall in the headline rate, but core inflation that excludes food and energy remains stuck at 6.9 per cent. The headline rate is also likely to tick up in August, reflecting higher fuel and alcohol prices, some unhelpful base effects, and the continued strength of the labour market.
“There are still plenty of reasons to expect inflation to tumble over the rest of the year, notably the sharp slowdown in money and credit growth. Rising unemployment and falling vacancies suggest that wage pressures will soon peak too.
“Unfortunately, the Bank of England continues to look backwards at the headline data over the last month or two, rather than pause to assess the impact of the substantial tightening in policy that is already in place. This makes another unnecessary interest rate increase more likely.”
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