Inflation hits 10.1pc as Truss considers scrapping pensions triple lock

GGood morning,

UK inflation has returned to double digits as the latest data from the ONS shows consumer prices rose 10.1 per cent over the year to September. This is a slight increase from August when it was 9.9 percent and just above forecasts of 10 percent.

On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased by 0.5% in September, the same as in August. Grocery and soft drinks were the biggest drivers of inflation, rising 14.5 percent – up from 13.1 percent in August. This will put further pressure on households at a time when bills and mortgage costs are already soaring.

This is because the government refuses to rule out the abolition of the triple lock, which requires pensions to rise by the highest rate of inflation, average earnings, or 2.5 percent. The September inflation figure is crucial as it will be used to set state pension increases from next April. A policy break could result in pensions falling significantly in real terms for millions of retirees.

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what happened overnight

Asian stocks were mostly higher on Wednesday, with US corporate earnings supporting sentiment.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside of Japan rose 0.2 percent, but further gains were capped by modest declines in Chinese stocks. China’s mainland blue chips shed 0.2 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Sang index fell 0.1 percent.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.4 percent, Australia’s resource-intensive stocks rose 0.4 percent and South Korea rallied 0.5 percent.

US S&P 500 futures were up 0.8 percent and Nasdaq futures were up 1.3 percent.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/10/19/ftse-100-markets-live-news-pensions-inflation-uk-economy1/ Inflation hits 10.1pc as Truss considers scrapping pensions triple lock

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