25 May 2024, 13:15
By Furniture News Nov 15, 2023

October sees further furniture inflation easing

The latest CPI inflation figures from the ONS show headline UK inflation falling to 4.2% and food inflation falling two percentage points to 10.1%.

Furniture, household equipment and maintenance inflation fell to 3.1% in October, from 3.7% in September.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), comments: “After a brief pause in September, inflation is once again headed in the right direction, helped by the seventh consecutive month of falling food inflation. Clothing & footwear and furniture inflation also eased as retailers competed to offer the best value for customers ahead of the festive season.

"There remains upcoming challenges – oil prices have been slowly climbing, consumer demand is weakening, and higher wage bills are pushing up business costs. Such pressures would be exacerbated by the planned rise in business rates next year.

“Retailers are working hard to keep prices down for hard-pressed customers. Unfortunately, these efforts will be tested by a £480m-a-year increase in business rates from spring 2024. Unless the Chancellor takes action and freezes business rates at the Autumn Budget, we could see added cost pressures filtering through to consumer prices. Higher rates would also damage the viability of many local communities by reducing the incentive to open new shops and increasing the risk of shop closures.”

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