Dow Jones Newswires: U.K. inflation slowed more than expected in January on easing fuel prices

by | Feb 15, 2023 | Stock Market

U.K. inflation rate continued its gradual descent in January, posting its third decline in as many months, but remained in double digits as fuel prices moderated. Consumer prices increased 10.1% in January compared with the same month a year earlier, easing from December’s 10.5% on-year rise and from October’s 41-year high of 11.1%, data from the Office for National Statistics showed Wednesday.

Economists expected inflation to decline to 10.3%, according to a poll by The Wall Street Journal. Lower gasoline prices contributed to the fall in inflation, the ONS said. Food inflation stood at 16.7%, broadly unchanged from the 16.8% on-year increase registered in December. Core consumer prices–a measure that excludes the volatile categories of food and energy–rose 5.8% in January, down from a 6.3% increase in December, suggesting underlying prices pressures are abating. U.K. inflation is expected to fall quickly this year as the energy-price shock seen in 2022 fades, but strong wage growth amid a tight labor market is likely to keep fueling price pressures, economists say. The Bank of England expects annual inflation to fall to around 4% toward the end of the year. On Feb. 2, the central bank raised interest rates by 50 basis poin …

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