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-UK June CPI +2.4% y/y vs +2.4% in May
-UK June Core CPI +1.9% y/y vs +2.1% in May
-UK June Input PPI +10.2% y/y vs +9.6% in May
-UK June CPIH +2.3% y/y vs +2.3% in May
-UK May House Price Index +3.0% y/y, joint-smallest rise since Aug 2013
By Laurie Laird and Jamie Satchithanantham
     London (MNI) - Consumer price inflation steadied in June, 
confounding forecasts of a petrol-fueled increase, as core inflation 
fell to its lowest level in 15 months, potentially delaying a Bank of 
England rate hike.  
     The consumer price index increased by an annual rate of 2.4% last 
month, well below the MNI median forecast of 2.6%, after a 2.4% rise in 
May. 
     The cost of fuel and lubricants jumped by an annual rate of 11.6%, 
extending the 8.0% gain recorded in May, adding 0.11 percentage points 
to the change in annual CPI. Petrol prices hit 128.0 pence per litre 
last month, while diesel rose to 132.1p a litre, the highest since 
September of 2014 for both fuels. 
     But heavy early-summer sales countered much of the upward pressure 
of fuel prices. Clothing and footwear prices slipped by 2.1% between May 
and June, the largest June fall since 2012. That kept annual clothing 
price inflation at a modest rate of 0.1%, subtracting 0.07 percentage 
points from the change in CPI. 
     Falling computer games prices also kept broader inflation in check, 
with the recreation and culture sub-index subtracting 0.04 percentage 
points from the change in annual CPI. 
     Consumer prices registered no change between May and June, after 
rising by 0.4% between April and May, compared to the MNI median of a 
0.2% monthly increase. 
     That takes inflation above the Bank's 2.0% target for the sixteenth 
straight month, but the outturn fell short of Bank of England staff 
forecast of a 2.5% annual rise in June, as reported in the May Quarterly 
Inflation Report. 
     Core inflation continued to ebb, falling to its lowest level since 
March of 2017. Stripping out food and energy, annual core consumer 
inflation slipped to 1.9% in June, below the MNI median of 2.2%, down 
from the 2.1% pace recorded in May. 
     The June inflation report could provoke serious deliberations 
amongst members of the Monetary Policy Committee, due to consider 
interest rates early next month. The lower-than-forecast outturn, 
combined with evidence of sluggish wage growth between March and May, 
could delay a hike in the Bank's base rate. 
     CPIH, which regained its status as a national statistic last year, 
steadied at an annual rate of 2.3% unchanged from May. 
     However, intermediate price inflation accelerated, courtesy of a 
50.7% annual rise in crude oil prices in June. 
     Producer input prices jumped by 0.2% between May and June, for an 
annual gain of 10.2%, the biggest gain since May of 2017, topping the 
MNI median of a 10.0% year-on-year rise, after an 9.6% increase in May. 
     Output PPI increased by 0.1% between May and June, for a 3.1% 
annual gain, the sharpest increase since December of 2017, but below the 
median forecast of a 3.2% yearly increase. A 16.3% jump in the price of 
petroleum products accounted for much of the gain. 
     Retail price inflation accelerated modestly, with RPI rising by an 
annual rate of 3.4% in June, up from a 3.3% pace in May, below the MNI 
median of 3.5% increase. 
     Stripping out mortgage interest payments, RPI-X rose by an annual 
rate of 3.4% in June, matching the May outturn. 
     Meanwhile, UK house price inflation ebbed in May, with the official 
House Price Index rising by an annual rate of 3.0%, below the 
downwardly-revised 3.5% annual pace recorded in February. That's the 
slowest pace of increase since house prices rose by an equivalent amount 
in August of 2013.  
     London housing inflation continued to lag the rest of the country, 
with prices in the capital slipping by 0.4%, the fourth consecutive 
fall, the longest stretch since 2009. 
-London bureau: 44 (0) 203 865 3812; email: ukeditorial@marketnews.com
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