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The Bank of England expects inflation to fall faster than previously forecast



The governor of the Bank of England has acknowledged the challenges faced by policymakers due to unreliable data, expressing a desire for more accurate figures on the unemployment rate.

The Bank of England now expects inflation to fall faster than previously forecast and remain below the central bank’s 2 percent target for an extended period.

This projection implies that interest rates will have to fall faster than what the financial markets have currently priced in.

According to the Bank’s latest forecasts, inflation is expected to reach 1.9 percent in two years and 1.6 percent in three years, reflecting a faster decline than previously expected. The monetary policy committee stressed that inflation persistence in the UK economy is expected to decline slightly faster than previously thought, although concerns remain about higher services and wage inflation, which remains at 6 percent.

The revision to inflation projections indicates that financial markets may have underestimated the need for interest rate cuts by the Bank of England in the coming years. Market expectations for interest rates have fallen by 0.7 percentage points since February, prompting the Bank to adjust its inflation forecasts accordingly.

Analysts suggest the Bank may have to start cutting rates as early as August to align with new inflation projections. Governor Andrew Bailey highlighted the likelihood of rate cuts in coming quarters to make monetary policy less restrictive, possibly beyond what is currently reflected in market rates.

Despite the downward revisions to inflation, the Bank’s forecasts point to an upward revision to economic growth projections. The UK economy is now forecast to grow by 0.5 per cent this year, up from the previous forecast of 0.25 per cent, with growth expected to reach 1 per cent next year. Furthermore, unemployment is expected to rise to 4.9 percent from the current level of 4.2 percent, while incomes are expected to rise by an average of 5.25 percent this year, marking an improvement from previous forecast of 4 percent.