19 July 2024, 06:42
By Furniture News Apr 03, 2024

Shop price inflation continues to fall

According to the latest findings from BRC-NielsenIQ, shop price annual inflation eased to 1.3% in March, down from 2.5% in February. This was below the 3-month average rate of 2.2%, and at its lowest since December 2021.

Non-food inflation fell to 0.2% in March, down from 1.3% in the preceding month. This was below the 3-month average rate of 0.9% – and again, at its lowest since January 2022.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), says: “Shop price inflation eased to the lowest level since December 2021 last month as retailers continued to compete fiercely to bring prices down for their customers.

"In non-food, prices of electricals, clothing and footwear fell as retailers increased promotions to entice consumer spending.

“While these figures are good news for consumers, from this month, retailers face significant increased cost pressures that could put progress on bringing down inflation at risk. These costs include a +6.7% business rates rise, ill-thought-out recycling proposals, and new border checks – all at the same time as the largest rise to the National Living Wage on record.

"The industry needs pro-growth Government policy that supports investment and helps keep down prices for households up and down the country.”

Mike Watkins, head of retailer and business insight at NielsenIQ, adds: “The slowdown in inflation continues and a key driver this month was a further fall in food prices. A year ago, food inflation was 15% so this was to be expected. But it is also helped by intense competition amongst the supermarkets as they look to drive footfall, with focussed price cuts and promotional offers earlier in the month for Mother’s Day and now again in the weeks leading up to Easter.”

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