The Bank of England is expecting three further years of above-target inflation in the UK, whilst GDP growth projections this year are down marginally this year to 1.9% but up slightly to 1.7% and 1.8% in each of the next two years. Commenting, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said:
“There are twin challenges facing our economy at the moment in the shape of rising prices resulting from the fall in the value of sterling and weak consumer demand due to low real income growth, putting upward pressure on inflation and downward pressure on economic growth respectively. In addition, many businesses are experiencing a rise in their costs, putting upward pressure on prices and threatening their capacity to boost investment.
“We will be looking for next month’s General Election, whatever its outcome, to deliver greater clarity and stability. The next UK Government must act quickly to set out its agenda for Brexit, enhancing market confidence, and taking early action to tackle core business costs. Targeted tax reductions could play a key role here and help provide the boost that would stimulate improved levels of investment and new employment opportunities.”