Pound RISES as inflation hits 3-year high: Could interest rates rise this YEAR?


The set someone back of living surged to 2.3 per cent in February as measured by the Consumer Evaluates Index (CPI) and its new headline replacement the Consumer Prices Index including case costs (CPIH), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today revealed.

The newsflash sent sterling up by around 0.25 per cent against the euro to 1.1535 and 0.75 per cent against the dollar to 1.2449. 

Inflation recoiled from 1.8 per cent in January to reach its highest level since September 2013 — and has disciplined above the Bank of England’s target of two per cent — raising expectations that portion rates could be hiked sooner rather than later.

Policymakers at the Bank fool previously said they have «limited tolerance» for above butt inflation, which can be kept in check by increasing core rates. 

Ascent interest rates, in turn, tends to strengthen the currency, which is why the drub into has been boosted by the news.

At this month’s Bank of England intersection one of the nine members of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to raise tariffs — and expectations are rising that more could now follow. 

If Britain were not appliance up to leave the European Union (EU), it’s widely thought that the Bank desire have raised interest rates by now, amid strong economic flowering and low unemployment.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney today chance policymakers «never overreact to a single data point».

Markets are currently sacrifice a 30 per cent chance of a hike by the end of 2017.

Ruth Gregory, UK economist, at Majuscule Economics, said: «Given the uncertainty around the Brexit negotiations and the low-down that there has been little sign of rising domestic rate pressures, the MPC will stand pat for the foreseeable future.

«Nonetheless, if the economy extends to hold up well as we expect, interest rates could be rising somewhat sooner than the markets have been anticipating.»

Rising encouragement and food costs were among the factors driving up the cost of lodge, according to the ONS.

A Treasury spokesperson said: “A strong economy and sustainable general finances are vital to achieve rising living standards.

«The Spring Budget set out scenarios to build a stronger, fairer economy by investing in skills, schools, group care and cutting-edge technology, while continuing to bring down the loss and live within our means.

«The government appreciates that families are perturbed about the cost of living, and that is why we are cutting tax for millions of working man, increasing the National Living Wage to £7.50 per hour from next month, and ice-cold fuel duty for the seventh year in a row.”


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