Tuesday, 14 July 2009

UK Inflation falls (a little)

UK annual inflation fell in June as the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) dropped to 1.8% from 2.2% in May, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. This is below the Bank of England's target of 2%, but it is surprising perhaps that it is only now below target given general defaltion fears. This is the year on year rate, so measures price changes over the last 12 months, rather than how prices have changed just over the last month or so.

The Retail Prices Index (RPI), a key inflation figure which includes mortgage interest payments and housing costs, became even more negative, falling to -1.6% from -1.1%, the lowest figure since the statistic has been collected in 1948! However given that monetary policy has pushed interest rates down so much, this is perhaps not such a good measure of inflation.

See this page from the BBC for an explanation of inflation and how the statistics are calculated.

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