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FTSE slumps after record UK wage growth

by LLB Editor
15th Aug 23 10:45 am

Alarm bells are ringing on UK inflation once more as the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show record wage growth.

AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould said: “This builds pressure on the Bank of England and has prompted an increase in sterling and gilt yields, as well as a big fall in UK stocks, as it suggests inflation is becoming increasingly entrenched in the economy. However, it is a fine balance. Other elements of the ONS data show signs the labour market could be cooling, with an increase in unemployment and a drop in the number of vacancies.

“Previous rate hikes are likely to have a lagged impact and this data covers an April to June period which is very much in the rear-view mirror now. It all adds up to a very tricky situation for the brains trust in Threadneedle Street which might only be further complicated by the CPI release tomorrow.”

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