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.... . The ECB cut its main interest rate to zero last year to try to stimulate economic growth and avoid deflation or falling prices. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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Eurozone recovery gathering pace, says Draghi image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 12:21:29 PM
.... . The ECB cut its main interest rate to zero last year to try to stimulate economic growth and avoid deflation or falling prices. ...
IMF says pace of global economic growth is picking up image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 01:01:41 PM
.... . The rebound in the prices of commodities has also helped dispel fears of deflation, or falling prices, which has been seen as a danger, especially in the developed world. ...
The older expats facing poverty – thanks to Brexit and frozen pensions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of April 2017 06:00:27 AM
.... The fall in the pound has meant Ray, a retired postmistress, must keep working as a cleaner in a local hotel, despite having planned to retire this year. “The deflation of the pound is a big deal for us,” said Tudor, a retired firefighter. ...
Inflation is only going one way. Let's hope interest rates don't follow | Larry Elliott image
.... There seems little sign that inflation will feed on itself, as it did in the 1970s. Paradoxical though it sounds, a combination of higher prices and stagnant wages is actually deflationary for the economy. ...
Two million workers receive 4% pay rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 09:17:02 PM
.... . "Another uplift in the policy comes at a time of increasing competition, nearly four years of price deflation in shops and within an industry with very small profit margins. ...
Eurozone growth nears six-year high, survey data suggests image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 11:16:57 AM
.... . That said, the jobs situation has been moving in the right direction and inflation has risen to a level that has surely dispelled the ECB's worries about the dangers that can come from deflation or falling prices. ...
Sainsbury's takes inflation hit on the chin as Aldi and Lidl loom | Nils Pratley image
. “We entered the quarter with deflation and exited the quarter with inflation,” declared Mike Coupe, chief executive of Sainsbury’s, describing shop prices in the most recent trading period. ...
Sainsbury's warns over 'uncertain' impact of pound's Brexit slide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 08:22:39 AM
....“The market remains very competitive and the impact of cost price pressures remains uncertain,” said Mike Coupe, Sainsbury’s chief executive. “We entered the quarter with deflation and exited the quarter with inflation in the business. ...
Slow burn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 06:27:47 PM
....It's a striking contrast with the situation about two years ago when inflation went below zero. The US had a brief skirmish with falling prices or deflation. ...
ECB's Draghi says 'more optimistic' on the outlook for the eurozone image
....7%. "I would say the risks of deflation have largely disappeared," Mr Draghi said at a news conference. ...
Get ready for food inflation to take a bite out of growth | Vicky Pryce image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:37:50 PM
.... With wages finally rising above inflation, real disposable incomes recovered after years in the doldrums following the financial crisis. Encouraged by high employment level, record low interest rates and high-street price wars that have kept prices to historically low levels (we even had deflation for a few months in 2015), UK consumers increased their borrowings to record levels and spent. ...
Inflation returns to Japan for the first time in more than a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 04:43:07 AM
. Japan’s core consumer prices have risen for the first time in over a year thanks to a pickup in energy costs, marking a rare victory in the government’s long battle against deflation. ...
Eurozone inflation above European Central Bank's target image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 11:32:34 AM
....In December, the ECB said it would extend its bond-buying programme until at least December 2017, although the €80bn-a-month quantitative easing (QE) scheme will be trimmed to €60bn a month from April. The bank has cut its main interest rate to zero and embarked on the bond-buying programme to try to stimulate growth in the eurozone and avoid deflation, or falling prices. ...
The Bank of England fears it may not spot the next crisis. Here’s where to look image
.... Last year China found that its efforts had not only increased unemployment, but also pushed inflation higher, cutting consumer incomes. As Diana Choyleva, a renowned China economics expert, says: “This is the demand-deflationary spiral that unproductive investment and excess debt lead to. ...
'The economy looks set to be slowing again' – experts debate Brexit watch data image
.... Inflation continued to rise in January, with the consumer prices index hitting 1. 8%, the highest since June 2014 as fuel prices surged and the food price deflation enjoyed by shoppers in recent years continued to disappear. ...
Brexit economy: can consumers keep shoring up the UK? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 10:41:44 AM
.... The latest official snapshot of living costs showed fuel cost 17% more this January than a year ago, the steepest price rise for more than five years. Consumers also had to pay more for many groceries as a long period of food price deflation appeared to be petering out. ...
Greece defies creditors over more cuts as economy shrinks unexpectedly image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:57:17 PM
....But Tsipras is also under pressure from back-benchers in his fragile two-party administration. After seven years of adopting grueling austerity in return for emergency bailout aid many are openly questioning the wisdom of applying yet more measures that have already put Greece in a permanent debt deflationary cycle. ...
UK inflation rises to 1.8% spurred by weak pound and rising fuel costs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:30:41 AM
....The figures add further to evidence that a long period of falling food prices since mid-2014 is now coming to an end. The pace of food deflation has eased off for four consecutive months. ...
The UK's inflation foot soldiers: how the ONS measures the CPI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 04:58:06 PM
....Inflation estimates are used to help set pay rises, benefits, rail fares, and also reflect the cost of living faced by households. The Bank of England tracks inflation to assess if it has set interest rates at the right level to stop prices soaring or sinking – known as deflation. ...
Japan rejects Trump accusation of devaluing yen in currency war image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 06:48:52 AM
....The Japanese leader will propose a raft of new investments in US infrastructure that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs in sectors such as high-speed rail and shale oil development, Kyodo news reported. Japan’s central bank has been pursuing a super-loose monetary policy since Abe became prime minister four years ago, as it attempts to encourage consumer spending and lift the world’s third biggest economy out of its deflationary spiral – measures that have yet to pay off. ...
Japan's annual consumer prices fall for first time in four years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 07:01:42 AM
. Shinzo Abe’s mission to lift Japan out of the deflationary spiral that has plagued its economy for two decades suffered another setback on Friday after data showed annual consumer prices had fallen for the first time in four years. ...
Marmite maker: it was right to increase prices after Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 02:20:25 PM
....5% in emerging markets, driven by Asia and Latin America, but developed markets dropped by 0. 2% as a rise in the volume of products sold in North America was offset by price deflation in Europe. ...
Brexit's mixed bag: good for scotch, bad for washing machines image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 11:58:23 AM
....5% in emerging markets, driven by Asia and Latin America, but developed markets dropped by 0. 2% as a rise in the volume of products sold in North America was offset by price deflation in Europe. ...
Tesco hails turnaround as festive sales increase image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 09:18:49 AM
.... “Its laser-like focus on the core UK food business through deeper price investment and further asset disposals has halted the loss of market share against the smaller but faster growing discounters,” he said. Unlike rival Sainsbury’s, Tesco said its growth was underpinned by strong food sales,which rose by 2% over the 19 weeks to 7 January despite price deflation of just under 1%, a slight slowdown from earlier in the year. ...
Record Christmas at Sainsbury’s 'shows logic of Argos takeover' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 08:29:40 AM
....8% drop. Sainsbury’s said the volume of groceries sold remained steady as it slashed the number of multibuy offers in stores and price deflation slowed to 0. ...
Sainsbury's reports record Christmas sales of more than £1bn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 07:30:30 AM
....Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said Argos had "pulled Sainsbury's up by its bootstraps over the Christmas trading period". "However, against a backdrop of food deflation, flat sales are a pyrrhic victory for the supermarket, and represent an improvement on performance so far this financial year. ...
Prices of Oxo, Bisto and Mr Kipling to rise after pound's Brexit plunge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 12:38:42 PM
....Mike Watkins, Nielsen’s UK head of retailer and business insight, said 2016 was one of the biggest-ever end-of-year trading periods for supermarkets. He said: “The remarkable buoyancy in shoppers spending freely in the final two weeks of the year to enjoy the festivities was good news for retailers considering the consumer headwinds expected in 2017 with the return of cost price inflation – after three years of deflation – plus the ongoing uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on UK grocery sales. ...
Morrisons enjoys some 'remarkable' Christmas cheer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 08:05:01 AM
....“We are becoming more relevant to more people as we turn the company around,” Potts said. Morrisons’ figures were also underpinned by a big drop in price deflation. ...
Eurozone inflation surges to 1.1% in December image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of January 2017 10:25:03 AM
....2% more expensive than a year ago. The rise will help to allay fears that the eurozone could slip into deflation, weakening economic growth. ...
Petrol and food prices expected to continue rising in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of January 2017 03:16:58 PM
....The import price effect is already being seen in measures of manufacturers’ costs, and companies are expected to pass at least some of that on to consumers. The British Retail Consortium said shop prices were still falling year-on-year but that the pace of deflation eased last month to 1. ...
UK shoppers head out in their millions to brave Boxing Day sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of December 2016 12:20:08 PM
.... “It has been extraordinarily tough without any impact from Brexit at all. For the last two and a half years, we’ve had price deflation in virtually every sector,” he said. ...
UK interest rates are going nowhere in 2017 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 01:22:56 PM
....Elsewhere, though, it is a different story. The European Central Bank has recently announced an extension of its quantitative easing programme and the Bank of Japan is working overtime to keep deflation at bay. ...
UK grocery prices falling by lowest rate in more than two years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 09:52:35 AM
....1%, the lowest rate in more than two years, as increases in the cost of fresh fish, beer and chilled ready meals offset falls in basics, including vegetables, eggs and pork. In the three months to 4 December, deflation in the grocery market fell to its lowest level since September 2014, according to industry data from Kantar Worldpanel, narrowing from a 0. ...
Asahi to buy Pilsner Urquell from AB InBev image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 08:20:33 AM
....Earlier this year, Asahi bought Peroni and Grolsch from SABMiller. Many Japanese firms are on the lookout for opportunities to buy firms overseas, because domestic conditions - including deflation, weak consumer spending and a falling population - make Japan an increasingly hard place to make profits. ...
ECB extends bond-buying scheme but at slower pace image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 01:35:05 PM
...." . Although the risk of deflation in the eurozone had largely disappeared, Mr Draghi said that "uncertainty prevails". ...
Supermarket prices 'to rise by 5%' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 07:24:00 AM
....In that time, the company's revenue grew almost constantly, but prices rose much more slowly. In recent years, food prices have even had spells of deflation. ...
Tesco makes gains as Aldi and Lidl growth hits five-year low image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 12:26:45 PM
.... “Aldi and Lidl haven’t let their price differential [to the major supermarket chains] slip and so they have been cutting prices which has slowed their growth down,” said McKevitt. The price war prompted yet another month of deflation, with prices across the market down an average 0. ...
We are living in a depression - that's why Trump took the White House image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of November 2016 03:29:04 PM
How America's new president will affect the global economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 04:36:23 PM
....This would result in slower growth across Asia as exports and investment weaken. Japan, which has been in the doldrums for a quarter of a century and which remains on the brink of deflation, appears to be most at risk, but it is not alone in being anxious about the impact of Trump. ...
India scraps 500 and 1,000 rupee bank notes overnight image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 04:06:06 PM
....There are no precise figures available but experts say the government's move could be "a very powerful measure" to curb "black money". IIFL Holdings Ltd Chairman Nirmal Jain told Bloomberg that it will have "a deflationary impact in general and more specifically on real estate prices - making homes affordable". ...
Cost of British grocery brands to rise due to fall in value of sterling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of November 2016 03:16:13 PM
....The prices of Patak’s pickles and Jordans muesli are to rise, after the brands’ owner, Associated British Foods, admitted it was facing cost pressures from the fall in the value of sterling. “The days of food price deflation are behind us,” said George Weston, the boss of ABF, which owns a string of British grocery brands including Twinings and Kingsmill as well as the Primark clothing chain. ...
Nestle cuts growth forecast as food prices fall image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of October 2016 07:17:46 AM
.... . Chief executive, Paul Bulcke, said in a statement: "In an environment marked by deflation and low raw material prices, we continued to privilege volume growth. ...
Tesco boss: 'Food price inflation could be lethal for struggling millions' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 02:30:47 PM
....”. He and Davies spoke as industry data revealed the lowest rate of grocery deflation in almost two years. ...
Tesco sees first market share rise since 2011 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 07:00:12 AM
.... . Despite recent concerns about supermarket inflation, Kantar said grocery price deflation had continued in the period, "albeit at a slower rate". ...
Tesco removes Marmite and other Unilever brands in price row image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of October 2016 04:53:48 AM
....Leading retail analyst Richard Hyman told the BBC: "The problem is that retailers can't just put up their prices and get away with it. "Oversupply of retailers means that for the past 24 months there has been food price deflation. ...
Tesco in dispute with Unilever over price rises image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 07:37:15 PM
...."The problem is that retailers can't just put up their prices and get away with it. "Oversupply of retailers means that for the past 24 months there has been food price deflation. ...
Travellers hit by 'abominable' exchange rates at UK airports image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of October 2016 09:30:19 AM
....The British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents most of the large retailers, said these prices had yet to be passed on to the consumer, but it expected they would start feeding through in the first half of next year. However larger shops will do everything to absorb the extra cost as retailers are operating price deflation for the third year running, said the BRC. ...
Retailers warn government of Brexit price rises image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of October 2016 07:42:08 AM
.... . "Years of deflation" would mean retailers would have to pass these import costs on to consumers, it said. ...
Record drop in food prices may not be sustained image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of September 2016 10:54:47 AM
....8% falls in the previous two months. Competition among supermarkets is driving deflation. ...
Asda has worst quarterly sales drop blaming food deflation image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of August 2016 12:11:18 PM
....5% in the past three months, its worst quarterly performance on record. Walmart chief executive Doug McMillon blamed the dip on food deflation and "the competitive environment". ...
Japan's economic growth weaker than forecast image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 15th of August 2016 12:13:28 AM
Quantitative easing image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of August 2016 01:02:54 PM
.... Originally the programme was set to run until September 2016, but it has now been extended until at least March 2017. QE was first attempted by Japan's central bank to arrest a period of deflation following its financial turmoil in the 1990s. ...
No consensus over pension 'triple-lock' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of August 2016 12:08:51 PM
....5% bit doesn't make sense," she said. "If, for example, we went into a period of deflation where everything - both earnings and prices - was falling, then putting up pensions by 2. ...
Triple-lock pension guarantee stands, says Downing Street image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 31st of July 2016 05:38:30 PM
.... . "If, for example, we went into a period of deflation where everything - both earnings and prices - was falling, then putting up pensions by 2. ...
No scrapping of triple-lock pension protection before 2020, says No 10 image
....5% bit doesn’t make sense. If, for example, we went into a period of deflation where everything, both earnings and prices, was falling, then putting up pensions by 2. ...

Tokyo elects first female governor ahead of 2020 Olympics
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 31st of July 2016 12:32:38 PM
....His predecessor, Naoki Inose, also quit over a funding scandal in 2013. Ms Koike will also have to tackle the city’s rapidly ageing population, its acute shortage of public nursery places, economic deflation and disaster preparations for earthquakes. ...
Baroness Altmann: Scrap pensions triple-lock guarantee image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 31st of July 2016 09:12:26 AM
.... . "If, for example, we went into a period of deflation where everything, both earnings and prices, was falling then putting pensions up 2. ...
Eurozone GDP growth halves as French economy stalls image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 29th of July 2016 10:26:19 AM
. Eurozone economic growth halved in the second quarter, but the 19-nation single currency area moved away from deflation. ...
Yen jumps against dollar as Japan keeps rates on hold image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 29th of July 2016 01:05:29 AM
.... . Meanwhile, core consumer prices fell for a fourth straight month in June, in another blow to Japan's war on deflation. ...

Philip Hammond still needs to be a deficit hawk
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of July 2016 09:28:21 AM
....The national debt did decline following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, but only because of the determination of the government to run a budget surplus. There were bouts of deflation and, therefore, low nominal national income growth. ...
NatWest paves way for introduction of negative interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of July 2016 06:30:39 PM
.... Not only may customers decide to hoard cash rather than deposit it, banks may take excessive risks in lending in order to obtain returns, while pension companies will struggle to meet their liabilities. So-called “voodoo banking” is already happening in some countries gripped by deflation. ...
Japan stocks rise on $186bn stimulus bets image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 02:00:54 AM
....Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is looking to compile a package of at least 20 trillion yen ($186bn; £141bn) according to the Kyodo News agency. The world's third-largest economy is still trying to emerge from deflation. ...
Japan stocks rally after Prime Minister Abe election win image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 11th of July 2016 01:37:01 AM
....Mr Abe said the election result reflected support for his economic policies, which have been dubbed Abenomics. He said their efforts at ending Japan's deflation problem and spurring growth are only "half done" which has fanned speculation they may release a new stimulus package soon. ...
Sterling’s silver lining: Five-minute guide to the falling value of the pound image
....However, with UK inflation running at just 0. 3 per cent in the year to May, and with the global economy gripped by deflation, any rise in living costs is likely to be minimal. ...

World faces deflation shock as China devalues yuan at accelerating pace
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 7th of July 2016 06:40:29 PM
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Marks and Spencer clothing sales plunge in first quarter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 7th of July 2016 06:35:46 AM
....Those 1,000 clothing lines have seen price cuts of around 17% since January, with some seven million items affected. Chief executive Steve Rowe said the food business "continues to strongly outperform a deflationary market", with the 0. ...

Sterling slide is painful but what we need in a global deflation crisis
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of July 2016 08:41:27 PM
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Tech companies blame price rises on Brexit vote image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of July 2016 11:47:59 AM
.... . "For some markets, such as clothing and footwear, this will see a return to inflation after a period of deflation. ...
Food prices in 'biggest fall' for a year in June image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of July 2016 11:04:57 PM
....8% in June, extending May's 0. 3% fall and marking the deepest deflation in food for over a year, according to the British Retail Consortium-Nielsen Shop Price Index. ...
Waitrose warns on tough trade conditions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 1st of July 2016 10:17:27 AM
....That meant the grocer's annual bonus pot, shared between 58,970 staff, was cut from £87m to £80m. Waitrose warned it was operating "against a backdrop of exceptionally tough market conditions and continuing food price deflation". ...
Weak pound 'could raise supermarket prices' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 11:05:45 AM
....Kantar's comments came as Ocado's chief executive Tim Steiner also said that a weak pound could see prices rise. "Currency weakness may bring some inflationary pressure in the food market, which wouldn't be such a bad thing given the deflation we've seen," he said. ...
Ocado warns Brexit could push up supermarket prices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of June 2016 08:58:05 AM
....But Ocado said the weaker pound would also make its technology more attractive to overseas buyers. Steiner said ongoing food price deflation and a fierce price war saw the supermarket sector “experience significant challenges during the period”. ...
Big investment houses warn of inequality risk  after Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of June 2016 11:01:12 PM
....Offering a US perspective on the referendum, they said: “The Brexit vote was a shock to Wall Street because an electorate in a country with no economic or financial crisis voted to dramatically change its political status quo. This partly reflects the fact that economic recovery in recent years has been a) deflationary and b) unequal. ...
Chaos ahead after Brexit vote, says UK's food and drink industry body image
....Meurig Raymond, president of the NFU, said the EU referendum result had been a “political car crash” and that UK farmers who receive up to £3bn in subsidies from the EU each year were headed into “uncharted waters”. One retail analyst, Bruno Monteyne at Bernstein Research, suggested last week that the cost of food for retailers could rise by as much as 2% or 3%, compared to deflation of about 2% at present if the pound devalues against the euro. ...
Brexit: Asian shares fall sharply as UK votes to leave EU image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of June 2016 05:43:07 AM
.... . "A sharp yen appreciation poses a threat of a return to deflation, causing prices to drop, corporate profits to shrink and asset markets to fall," he said. ...
Why was Dominic Chappell so relaxed about the hole in BHS’s pension fund? image
.... True, an improvement of 0. 3% is only just discernible but it has happened in the face of strong deflationary winds. ...

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