January 20, 2021 at 08:49AM
British inflation gathered speed in December as a temporary easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions helped to push up air and sea fares and a rise in global oil prices made fuel more expensive, official data showed on Wednesday. Consumer prices rose 0.6% in annual terms after a 0.3% increase in November, the Office for National Statistics said. A Reuters poll of economists had pointed to a rate of 0.5%.
Inflation has been below the Bank of England’s 2% target since mid-2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it close to zero as the economy tanked. “We are going to be talking a lot more about inflation in 2021 than we did 2020,” said Jeremy Thomson-Cook, an economist at Equals Group. “Both Brexit and Covid-19 are factors that have caused substantial pain for businesses and their supply chains.”
Prices at petrol pumps rose by 1.5 pence per litre last month. Clothing and footwear prices – which rose last month, unlike in December 2019 – also contributed to higher inflation.
UK inflation up on travel costs in December lockdown reprieve, Reuters, Jan 20
From: The FxPro News Team https://fxpro.news/daily-forex-outlook/uk-inflation-up-on-travel-costs-in-december-lockdown-reprieve-20210120/
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