UK inflation jumps to 2.1% in May

Fastest pace of growth since July 2019

Pedro Gonçalves
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The pickup reflected higher prices for fuel, clothing and recreational goods
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The pickup reflected higher prices for fuel, clothing and recreational goods

British consumer price inflation jumped to 2.1% in May from 1.5% in April, exceeding the Bank of England's 2% target for the first time in almost two years.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the annual pace of price growth - as measured by the consumer prices index (CPI) - rose 2.1% on the year in May,  the fastest pace of growth since July 2019. The ONS cited upwards pressure on inflation from transport, motor fuel and eating out costs. Economists had expected an increase of 1.8%, leading to further speculation over when the Bank of England could start tightening monetary policy.  Outgoing BOE chief economist Andy Haldane, said last week that pay and costs are already rising and high street inflation "can't ...

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