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Shop Prices fell by 0.6% year-on-year in May, a slower decline than April’s decrease of 1.3%, according to the latest BRC-NellsenIQ Shop Price Index.

This is below the 12- and 6-month average price decreases of 1.7% and 1.8%, respectively. This is the slowest rate of decline since February 2020.

Food deflation decelerated to 0.3% in May from April’s deflation of 0.6%. This is the second consecutive month when Food prices fell. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases of 0.7% and 0.1%, respectively.

Fresh Food prices fell for the sixth consecutive month in May, although deflation slowed to 1.0% in May from 1.5% in April. This is below the 12- month average price growth rate of -0.3% and in line with the 6-month average price growth of -1.0%.

Ambient Food inflation accelerated to 0.7% in May up from 0.6% in April. This is below the 12- and 6-month average price increases of 2.0% and 1.5%, respectively.

Non-Food deflation continued to slow in May, with prices falling by 0.8% compared to a decline of 1.7% in April. This is above the 12- and 6-month average price declines of 3.1% and 2.9%, respectively. This is the slowest rate of decline since May 2019.

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium, said, “Global food prices are currently at their highest in seven years, shipping costs have risen threefold since 2019, and commodity prices are climbing.

'We will likely see these costs filter through in the second half of this year, and with the additional Brexit red-tape this Autumn, retailers may be forced to pass on some of these costs onto their customers.

'Government can help to ease the burden on British consumers by finding ways to minimise the impact of new checks and documentation required from October.”

Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, NielsenIQ, added, “Consumers will be seeing the impact of higher energy and fuel costs in household bills and whilst some cost price increases are coming through the supply chain, this is not yet enough for shop price inflation to return.

'With high street retailers continuing to offer price reductions and supermarkets promoting seasonal food and drink, this is helping to offset cost of living increases.”

(source: BRC, image: pexels)