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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Inflation for January 2012

Inflation fell to 3.6% in January, as forecasters predicted. Read more on the Financial Times. The ease in inflation may give signs that this 'stagflation' that the economy has been experiencing may be shifting away. The coming months will tell how unemployment will change in response (Phillips Curve). Inflation faces downward pressure from the effects of higher unemployment, slow exports markets (due to the Eurozone) and lower energy prices (causing a rise in imports).

A further £50bn Quantitative Easing that the MPC authorised earlier this month shows that there is still deficient demand in the economy and it may continue to stay low. Thus economists are predicting more QE to keep inflation from falling below the government's 2% target.