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In a noteworthy turn of events, the UK’s inflation rate took a dip to 3.9% in November, as reported by the Office for National Statistics. This marks a substantial decrease from the 4.6% recorded in the previous month.
The slowdown is attributed to decelerating price hikes in various sectors such as transport, recreation, culture, and food. Notably, fuel prices played a pivotal role in exerting downward pressure on the overall inflation rate.
(UK Inflation Rate)
Economists, anticipating a modest decrease to 4.4%, were surprised by the more significant drop. The decline is reflected in various input costs, with raw materials falling by 2.6%, transport costs dropping by 1.4%, and factory gate prices experiencing a slight dip of 0.2%.
Despite this reduction, the inflation rate of 3.9% still exceeds the Bank of England’s target of 2%. Policymakers are cautious about prematurely discussing interest rate cuts, as the hikes implemented earlier this year have already elevated borrowing costs to curb inflation.
Even though inflation has reached a 2-year low, it remains almost double the Bank of England’s target. Core inflation, which excludes volatile categories like food and energy, has also moderated from 5.7% to 5.1%.
This is a crucial metric monitored by the Monetary Policy Committee when determining interest rates. Notably, the UK’s inflation rate now aligns with that of other G7 economies of similar size, matching France’s rate and surpassing those of Germany and the United States.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt views these data points as indicative of progress in alleviating inflationary pressures. He highlights that this development, combined with the recent business tax cuts, supports healthy and sustainable economic growth.
However, he acknowledges the ongoing challenges faced by many households due to the cost of living crisis. Addressing these challenges remains a priority to ensure the well-being of the population.
A: The inflation rate in the UK decreased to 3.9% in November, down from 4.6% in the previous month.
A: Decelerating price hikes in areas such as transport, recreation, culture, and food, with a significant impact from lower fuel prices.
A: No, the inflation rate of 3.9% is nearly double the Bank of England’s target of 2%.
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