UK inflation is set to 'quadruple' to approximately 4 per cent in the second half of 2017, according to leading thinktank The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR).
The rise in prices will increase dramatically during 2017, as the fall in the value of the pound is passed on to consumers.
Simon Kirby, Head of Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting at the NIESR, warns the depreciation of sterling would “pass through into consumer prices over the coming months”.
“While we expect this to be only a temporary phenomenon, it will nonetheless weigh on the purchasing power of consumers over the next couple of years,” he said.
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