Inflations Remains Stubborn As Headwinds Persist

18th October 2023

David Bharier Reacting to the latest ONS inflation data

Reacting to the latest ONS inflation data, David Bharier, Head of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce said:  

“Today's figure, showing the CPI is stuck at 6.7%, shows that inflation for consumers remains stubborn. However, prices in the production sector continue to fall as the PPI rate stands at –2.6%. 

“Our Quarterly Economic Survey has been showing a diminishing percentage of firms expecting their prices to rise for five quarters running, albeit this indicator remains at a high level.  

But this is just part of the picture, as our research finds that most SMEs report no increases in sales, exports, or investment. The rise in interest rates has also emerged as a prime concern for almost half of businesses, with increased borrowing costs another barrier to contend with. 

“Businesses need clarity on interest rates, as well as a longer-term plan for growth in the economy, focusing on infrastructure, skills, and alleviating trade barriers."

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