UK Inflation Drops in April

Falling petrol prices pushed down UK inflation more than expected last month, bringing some relief to both households and Bank of England policymakers.

The consumer price measure of inflation fell for the first time since last autumn and stood at 2.4% in April, down from 2.8% in March. The drop was driven by lower fuel costs and airfares as the oil price fell, more than offsetting a rise in food prices after damage to crops over the long winter, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Economists had forecast on average a rate of 2.6% for April and said the softer outcome would give incoming Bank of England governor Mark Carney more room to step in and shore up the recovery should growth falter. But many warned inflation could push higher again in coming months, which would intensify pressure on household budgets already stretched by meagre pay growth.

via The Guardian

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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