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United Kingdom Inflation March 2018

United Kingdom: Inflation continues to decline in March

Consumer prices rose 0.1% in March over the previous month, down from February’s 0.4% increase. March’s figure was driven by higher prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages and clothing and footwear, which were partially offset by lower prices for alcoholic beverages, tobacco and transport.

Inflation sank to 2.5% in March from 2.7% in February, undershooting analysts’ expectations of 2.7% and marking the lowest figure in a year. As a result, inflation moved closer to the BoE’s 2.0% target. Meanwhile, annual average inflation remained steady from a month earlier at 2.8%. Despite the decline in inflation, there is still a significant probability that the Bank will raise rates on 10 May following its next meeting.

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