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CBI responds to inflation data - April 2024

CBI yesterday responded to inflation data – April 2024.

Alpesh Paleja, CBI Lead Economist, yesterday said:

“While March’s fall in inflation was smaller than expected, it’s still likely to move closer to the Bank of England’s 2% target in the next few months. But the path beyond this will be bumpy – the CPI rate is likely to rise again in the second half of 2024, thanks to base effects from energy prices.

“The Bank of England will look through these ups and downs, so it’s still likely that they will cut interest rates this summer. But it’s notable that inflation is now higher than the Bank expected, and in view of this they will also be keeping one eye on the resilience in pay growth. Recent developments in the Middle East could also slow the path of inflation back down, if they feed through to higher global energy prices.

“Therefore, while it’s reasonable to expect some loosening in monetary policy ahead, this is by no means a done deal.”

 

Original article link: https://www.cbi.org.uk/media-centre/articles/cbi-responds-to-the-latest-inflation-data-april-2024/

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