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Shop price inflation rises to 2.1% in December

Shop price inflation rose to 2.1% in December, up from 2% in November, as rising costs pushed prices up.

Non-food inflation increased to 1.1% in December, compared with 0.9% in November, according to the British Retail Consortium, which compiled the figures, along with Nielsen.

Stephen Robertson, director general at the BRC said: “Retailers are protecting British consumers from the full-force of global commodity cost increases.”

He added: “Overall shop price inflation is well below the wider Consumer Price Index, though price increases in some non-food goods pushed that figure up slightly compared with November. That’s consistent with warnings from some retailers that inflationary pressures are working through to prices.

“Next month’s figures will show the initial impact of the latest VAT increase. Retailers know that customers are worried about their jobs and personal finances. The competitive retail environment will mean stores go on doing all they can to limit price rises.”

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