FALL IN INFLATION REINFORCES CASE AGAINST AN EARLY RATE RISE
September 16 2014.



- Annual CPI inflation in August 2014 was 1.5%, down from 1.6% in July

- The largest contributions to the fall in inflation came from motor fuels, food and non alcoholic drinks

- These were partly offset by upward contributions from clothing, transport services and alcohol

- Goods price inflation in August 2014 was 0.6%, while services inflation was 2.7%


Commenting on the CPI inflation figures for August 2014, published today by the ONS, David Kern, Chief Economist at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said: “These figures highlight that inflationary pressures in the economy are easing and remain well below the 2% target. The drop in inflation alongside the recent stagnation in wage growth will relieve pressure on the Bank of England. While the UK recovery remains on track, this is clearly not the time to put the recovery at risk with premature interest rate rises.

“The main priority for the MPC must be to nurture business confidence by offering the stability of working in a low interest rate environment. To secure a lasting recovery the government should continue to provide further measures in key areas such as improving access to finance for growing firms, and supporting UK exporters.”