Inflation could fall to 1% by the end of the year, a leading economist has claimed.
Samuel Tombs, UK economist at Capital Economics, said producer price indicators, the strength of the pound making imports cheaper, and political pressure on energy bills were likely to see inflation ease further for the rest of the year.
"Against this low inflation backdrop, we believe the MPC is likely to tread cautiously and raise interest rates only very gradually over the coming years," he said.
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