Thursday, April 19, 2007

The annual rate of price inflation has risen to 3.1%, and wages are rising at well over 4% per year. These statistics, released this week, suggest that another interest rate hike may well be on the cards. This is in spite of unemployment figures that confirm an increase in the rate of joblessness.

Meanwhile the exchange rate has moved to strengthen the pound against the dollar, with £1 now being worth more than $2 for the first time in many years. This reflects a flow of capital into the UK as investors anticipate that higher interest rates are on the way.

The good news is that the strengthening pound will reinforce the effect of higher interest rates in dampening inflation.