24 May 2024, 13:32
By Furniture News Sept 28, 2022

Shop prices continue to rise, says BRC-NielsenIQ

Shop price annual inflation accelerated to +5.7% in September, up from +5.1% in August, reports the latest BRC-NielsenIQ Shop Price Index. 

This was above the 3-month average rate of +5.1%, and marks another record for shop price inflation since the index started in 2005.

Non-food inflation accelerated to +3.3%, up from +2.9% in August.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), says: “With costs mounting across the board, September saw shop price inflation hit yet another high. The war in Ukraine continued to drive up the price of animal feed, fertiliser and vegetable oil, causing fresh food inflation to rise significantly over the past few months, particularly for products such as margarine. While the summer drought diminished some harvests, other produce benefitted from the prolonged sunshine, helping to bring down prices for fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes. Non-food inflation also rose, largely driven by DIY, gardening and hardware products which, as heavier items, have been harder hit by rising transport costs.

“Retailers are battling huge cost pressures from the weak pound, rising energy bills and global commodity prices, high transport costs, a tight labour market and the cumulative burden of Government-imposed costs. And, with business rates set to jump by +10% next April, squeezed retailers face an additional £800m in unaffordable tax rises. Government must urgently freeze the business rates multiplier to give retailers more scope to do more to help households.”

Mike Watkins, head of retailer and business insight, NielsenIQ, adds: “With food and household energy prices continuing to rise, it’s no surprise that NielsenIQ data shows that 76% of consumers are saying they expect to be moderately or severely affected by the cost-of-living crisis over the next three months, up from 57% in the summer. So households will be looking for savings to help manage their personal finances this autumn and we expect shoppers to become more cautious about discretionary spend, adding to pressure in the retail sector.”

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