BoE Governor hints at further rate hikes amid high food inflation
In the UK, Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has indicated that persistent inflationary pressures, particularly from high food and energy costs, may necessitate further interest rate increases. Speaking at the National Farmers’ Union meeting today, Bailey pointed to climate-related crop failures and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East as contributing factors to the rising prices.
Despite a notable decrease in the overall inflation rate from an October peak of 11.1% to 4.6%, Bailey emphasized the need for continued vigilance. The central bank governor acknowledged that while food price inflation had surged to nearly 20%, there was no immediate plan for rate cuts due to ongoing inflation within the service sector and wage growth pressures stemming from significant food cost increases since the onset of the pandemic.
Bailey’s remarks come on a day when he also addressed the UK’s progress in reducing inflation at the Henry Plumb Memorial Lecture. He projected that food inflation, which remains above 10%, is expected to fall to around 3% by March of next year. Despite these discussions, Bailey’s comments seemed to have limited impact on the currency markets, with the Pound Sterling holding steady around the 1.2500 mark against the US dollar following his announcements.
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