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UK grocery value inflation eased for a fourth consecutive month in July to the bottom fee this yr, in response to analysis revealed on Tuesday.
The annual tempo of grocery value progress eased to 14.9 per cent within the 4 weeks to July 9, down from 16.5 per cent within the earlier month, in response to analysis firm Kantar, the biggest month-to-month slowdown since its peak in March.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and client perception at Kantar, mentioned the slowdown in grocery inflation “shall be excellent news for a lot of households though, after all, the speed continues to be extremely excessive”.
He added that as a result of wholesale power and meals costs soared in the summertime of 2022 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “this newest slowdown is partially all the way down to present figures being in contrast with these larger charges one yr in the past”.
The figures come forward of official inflation information for June, which shall be revealed by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics on Wednesday. Economists polled by Reuters count on the headline determine to say no to eight.2 per cent from 8.7 per cent in Could.
Final month’s official figures confirmed that whereas value progress for meals and non-alcoholic drinks was traditionally excessive, it eased to 18.3 per cent in June from 19 per cent in Could.
Susannah Streeter, head of cash and markets at monetary providers firm Hargreaves Lansdown, cautioned that with Russia exiting the Black Sea grain deal and refusing to ensure secure passage for ships exporting wheat and corn there have been issues about meals costs “staying sticky”.
UK meals inflation stays far larger than within the US, the place it’s at present 5.7 per cent, and the eurozone, the place it stands at 12.5 per cent. Victoria Scholar, head of funding at on-line funding platform Interactive Investor, mentioned that is partly due to the UK’s “reliance on imports from overseas and freak climate situations which have restricted crop provides”.
There have been concerns that supermarkets are “profiteering” from the inflationary setting by elevating costs greater than crucial, one thing they strongly deny.
Kantar revealed that cheaper supermarkets have been one of the best performing meals retail firms. Aldi was the fastest-growing grocer, with annual gross sales up by 24 per cent. That pushed its market share to 10.2 per cent, up from 9.1 per cent a yr in the past. Lidl reported the same improve in gross sales and rising market shares.