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Inflation falls to lowest level in over two years

In the year to February 2024, inflation stood at 3.4%, according to the Office for National Statistics. This is down 0.6%, compared to January .

The inflation rate which considers housing costs was 3.8% in the year to February 2024, down from 4.2% in January .

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Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, said: “Inflation falling to its lowest level in almost two and a half years is a significant milestone and I’m hopeful this trend will continue.

“We must not forget that this still means prices are continuing to rise, albeit more slowly, and hospitality businesses continue to face the brunt of those price rises.

“Yet more costs are being piled on in just under two weeks when both labour costs and business rates rise considerably.

“It’s disappointing that the Government is proceeding with an above-inflation increase in business rates and this, combined with wage increases, will pile the pressure on businesses, who are trying to keep a lid on price increases for customers.

“I hope this drop in inflation will provide a boost in consumer confidence and also prompt further economic good news, particularly through a cut in interest rates.”