Store costs grew on the quickest price in additional than a decade in Might on the again of quickly accelerating meals inflation, in keeping with new figures.
Trade consultants added that the scenario for customers would get “worse earlier than it will get higher” as costs hold rising alongside different family payments.
The most recent BRC-NielsenIQ Store Worth Index revealed retail value inflation of two.8% in Might, the best determine since July 2011.
It stated this accelerated from a 2.7% rise in April as quickly rising meals costs offset discounting and promotions in clothes and homeware.
“Retail costs edged up additional as commodity, power and transport prices continued to climb,” stated Helen Dickinson, chief government of the British Retail Consortium.
“It’s more likely to worsen earlier than it will get higher for customers with costs persevering with to rise and an additional soar in power prices coming in October.”
Meals inflation leap to 4.3% in Might from 3.5% in April, reaching the best since April 2012.
Recent meals costs grew by 4.5% whereas ambient meals, akin to store-cupboard staples, rose by 4% for the month.
Ms Dickinson added: “Recent meals inflation hit its highest price in a decade, with gadgets like poultry and margarine seeing a number of the largest will increase because of hovering prices of animal feed and near-record international meals costs.
“Retailers have been working arduous to guard their clients from these rising prices, notably at a time when households are being impacted by an enormous rise in family power payments.”
Mike Watson, head of retailer and enterprise perception at NielsenIQ, stated: “The acceleration in meals inflation displays the truth that retailers can now not take in the total extent of elevated provide chain prices now hitting the business.
“Promotions stay near an all-time low and value cuts reasonably than volume-based presents akin to multibuy at the moment are one of the simplest ways for retailers to assist their buyers handle their family budgets.”
It got here days after the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) revealed that funds pasta costs rose 50% between April final yr and April this yr, with the price of bread and minced beef additionally lifting considerably larger.
In the meantime, the brand new information confirmed that non-food costs noticed a slowdown in inflation to 2% in Might from 2.2% in April.