La inflación del Reino Unido aumenta en agosto a medida que suben los precios de los alimentos y bebidas | Inflación

La inflación del Reino Unido subió a su nivel más alto en agosto en medio del aumento de los precios de los alimentos y bebidas, revirtiendo una fuerte caída un año antes durante el programa de catering del gobierno para ayudar a los restaurantes.

La Oficina de Estadísticas Nacionales (ONS) dijo que la medida de inflación anual del Índice de Precios al Consumidor subió a 3,2% en agosto, desde 2% en julio, ya que el costo de una comida cayó después de un período de severa reducción hace un año.

El aumento de precios superó las previsiones de los economistas de la ciudad para una tasa del 2,9%, y el aumento de 1,2 puntos porcentuales entre las cifras de julio y agosto fue el mayor desde que comenzaron las encuestas detalladas en enero de 1997.

The ONS said the rise was likely to be temporary as the reading had been heavily distorted by Rishi Sunak’s discount scheme, which offered customers half-price food and drink between Monday and Wednesday in August 2020. Inflation is calculated based on the annual change in price for a basket of goods and services.

The statistics agency said stripping out the impact of the scheme, which was designed to stimulate economic activity after the first coronavirus lockdown, would have reduced the inflation rate by 0.4 percentage points.

However, there were also sharp increases for a range of other goods and services, including food and drink in supermarkets, petrol prices, secondhand cars and computer games and CDs.

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The ONS said food and non-alcoholic drinks prices rose by 1.1% on the month in August, the highest rate of growth since 2008, reflecting the impact from supply chain disruption amid shortages of lorry drivers and higher global freight costs.

Bridget Phillipson, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, said the figures showed that families would be hit hard by the government’s plan to cut universal credit and raise national insurance.

“People are already feeling the effects of inflation, in their weekly shop and at the petrol pump,” she said.

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