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Inflation figures: Deloitte chief economist comments

16 June 2015

Commenting on the inflation statistics for May, published this morning by the Office for National Statistics, Ian Stewart, chief economist at Deloitte, the business advisory firm, said:

“April’s drop into deflation has proved temporary, but the big picture is of very weak price pressures. Inflation is unlikely to rise significantly above the zero mark for the rest this year. Even stripping out the effects of big declines in energy and food prices, so-called core inflation is not far off a 15-year low.

“With inflation likely to stay below its 2.0% target until 2017, the Bank of England can afford to take its time before raising interest rates. UK consumers will continue to benefit from very weak price pressures and ultra-low interest for some time yet.”


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