UK Inflation Data Points to Further BOE Rate Rises

UK Inflation Data Points to Further BOE Rate Rises

Updated: 11 days, 23 hours, 14 minutes, 46 seconds ago

UK Inflation Data Points to Further BOE Interest-Rate Rises

0755 GMT - The latest U.K. inflation numbers "sit uncomfortably alongside the message sent from the Bank of England in its last meeting when it argued that only modestly higher interest rates would be necessary to bring inflation back towards its 2% target," Mike Bell, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, says. Headline U.K. inflation came in at 11.1%, a new four-decade high, in October, while core inflation was 6.5%. What has been underestimated consistently has been the inflationary pressures stemming from the tight labor market, Bell says in a note. "Until it is clear weaker activity is starting to weigh on wage demands, we believe the Bank of England will have to keep hiking," Bell says, expecting UK rates peaking at 4.5%. (emese.bartha@wsj.com)

Companies News:

Experian 1H Pretax Profit Fell Amid Higher Costs; Backs FY 2023 Views

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Deliveroo to End Operations in Australia

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British Land Swung to 1H Pretax Loss on Interest Rate Hikes; Raises Dividend

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Sage Group FY 2022 Profit Fell as Costs Rose

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SSE Swung to 1H Pretax Loss After Booking Higher Costs; Backs Guidance

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CMC Markets 1H Pretax Profit Rose on Higher Market Activity

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Premier Foods 1H Pretax Profit, Revenue Rose on Brand Strength

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Tullow Oil 10-Month Production Meet Views; Narrows 2022 Guidance Range

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Hill & Smith PLC Upgrades 2022 Operating Profit Views on Robust Performance

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Senior 10-Month Performance in Line With Views; Maintains Full-Year Outlook

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CLS Holdings Expects 2022 EPS to Rise, Says It Is Well-Positioned for Future

CLS Holdings PLC said Wednesday that it is on track to meet market views for 2022 earnings per share, and that it is well-positioned to weather challenging economic conditions.

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IDOX FY 2022 Revenue, Adjusted Ebitda Rose in Line With Views

IDOX PLC said Wednesday that it expects to report an increase in revenue and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for fiscal 2022, in line with the board's expectations.

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Bridgepoint Backs 2022 Views Amid Resilient Performance

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Beazley Raises Around GBP350 Mln via Discounted Placing

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Market Talk:

Hard to Find Signs of Optimism in UK Inflation Data

0750 GMT - There were hopeful predictions that U.K. inflation could at least be peaking, but "you have to look very hard indeed for signs of optimism in today's numbers," Ed Monk, associate director for personal investing at Fidelity International, says in a note. Annual inflation rose to 11.1% in October from 10.1% in September, hitting the highest rate since February 1982, according to official data. "Inflation has once again exceeded the worst expectations and it will be little comfort to households that price rises would have been even worse than the 11.1% recorded in October had it not been for the government's giant intervention on energy prices," Monk says. (emese.bartha@wsj.com)


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