UK inflation Soars to a 40-Year High of 9% on Rising Food and Energy Prices

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British inflation surged to a 40-year high of 9% in April as food and energy prices elevated, increasing the country’s cost-of-living crisis.

Source: Office for National Statistics

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Consumer prices increased by 2.5% month-on-month, below the estimates for a 2.6% jump in a Reuters poll of economists that had expected a 9.1% annual jump.

The 9% increase in the consumer price index is the highest since the record started in 1989, surpassing the 8.4% annual jump reported in March 1992.

Grant Fitzner, the chief economist of ONS, stated that inflation rose sharply in April, driven by a sharp increase in electricity and gas prices as the high price cap came into effect.

UK’s producer price inflation also showed positive growth of 14% in the year to April 2022, from 11.9% in March 2022, the highest rate since July 2008.

Food products, metals, and non-metallic minerals led to the largest upward contributions to the yearly rates of output and input inflation.



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