British inflation hits three year high


British Prime Minister David Cameron at a conference on energy prices yesterday. Today's inflation figures show that energy costs are the main factor in driving inflation in Britain to a three-year high


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Afternoon edition:

Where were we? Oh, time for our daily troll through economic statistics. Today's big, nasty number: British inflation is now running at 5.2 percent. That's a three year high

With wages rising by 1.8 percent that means real income is falling by close to 4 percent. You have to go back to the early 80's to find such a nasty figure. And you wonder why people are not optimistic?

Main driver of the price rise: energy costs (it goes without saying): houshold bills for energy were up dramatically, but also pass along costs deriving from fuel costs like transportation and food prices.

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