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Inflation down, but the squeeze goes on

13 December 2011

10:39 AM

13 December 2011

10:39 AM

Has Mervyn King’s downwards trend in inflation, promised for over a year now, finally arrived? After all, going by today’s figures, inflation has now dropped for two months running. CPI inflation is at 4.8 per cent, and RPI
is at 5.2 per cent. What’s more, we can expect them to fall even further once the effect the VAT rise is removed in January:

But I wouldn’t get too excited just yet, CoffeeHousers. Sure, most forecasters have inflation going down from here into the foreseeable future — but, don’t forgot, we’re still being subjected
to pretty high inflation, with CPI over double its target level. And, crucially, even by the OBR’s forecasts, inflation is set to outpace wages until at least the end of next year. So, as far as
our pocket books are concerned, the squeeze goes on:

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