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Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows inflation down to 7.9%.

By Wendy McNulty

31 Jul 2023

The UK's rate of inflation fell to 7.9% in the 12 months to June 2023, down from 8.7% in May. This is the lowest level since March 2022 but is still well above the Bank of England's target rate of 2%.

Core inflation - which excludes volatile elements such as food, fuel and energy prices - increased by 6.9% in the 12 months to June 2023, down from 7.1% in May which was the highest rate for over 30 years. 

UK inflation is higher than inflation rate in comparable countries: Germany and France both recorded a rate of core inflation of less than 6% in June 2023 and the USA's core inflation rate was below 5%. 

Commenting on the figures, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said:

'We need to stick to the plan to halve inflation.'

Interest rates are expected to rise again this week to bring inflation down further. 

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