UK store costs rise for first time in over 5 years – BRC

LONDON,(Reuters) – – British store costs rose for the primary time in additional than 5 years in August however by lower than broader measures of inflation as retailers continued to battle for shoppers.

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers stroll previous a sale sign up central London, Britain June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Shop costs edged up by zero.1 p.c in year-on-year phrases, ending a run of 63 months of falling costs, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) mentioned, citing the affect of a sizzling, dry summer time on meals costs and better worldwide oil prices.

Britain’s broadly adopted shopper worth index stood at 2.5 p.c in July. But competitors amongst supermarkets and stress from on-line retailers has typically pushed down costs in outlets.

While retailers had been attempting to maintain a lid on will increase, inflationary pressures would develop if Britain fails to safe a deal to clean its exit from the European Union in seven months’ time, BRC chief govt Helen Dickinson mentioned.

“If that does happen retailers will not be able to shield consumers from price increases.”

The worth of the pound has fallen since April on concern amongst traders in regards to the threat of a no-deal Brexit which might trigger delays at borders and hamper the broader financial system.

The BRC mentioned meals costs picked up velocity to rise by an annual 1.9 p.c in August whereas non-food deflation eased to p.c, the weakest fall since April 2013.

The Bank of England this month elevated rates of interest for under the second time because the global monetary disaster, saying the plunge in Britain’s unemployment fee would create inflation stress, even because the financial system grows solely slowly.

Reporting by William Schomberg; modifying by Kate Holton

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