The studying, up from 9% in April, matched the consensus of a Reuters ballot of economists. Historic information from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics present Might’s inflation was the best since March 1982 — and worse is prone to come.
“With the financial outlook so unclear, nobody is aware of how excessive inflation might go, and the way lengthy it is going to proceed for — making fiscal and financial coverage judgments notably powerful,” mentioned Jack Leslie, senior economist on the Decision Basis suppose tank.
Earlier on Wednesday the Decision Basis mentioned the cost-of-living hit for households had been compounded by Brexit, which had made Britain a extra closed economic system, with damaging long-term implications for productiveness and wages.
Britain’s headline inflation price in Might was greater than in the US, France, Germany and Italy. Whereas Japan and Canada have but to report shopper value information for Might, neither are prone to come shut.
The Financial institution of England mentioned final week that inflation was prone to stay above 9% over the approaching months earlier than peaking at barely above 11% in October, when regulated family power payments are on account of rise once more.
The British authorities was doing all it might to fight a surge in costs, finance minister Rishi Sunak mentioned after the information.
Costs for meals and non-alcoholic drinks rose by 8.7% in annual phrases in Might — the most important bounce since March 2009 and making this class the most important driver of annual inflation final month.
General shopper costs rose by 0.7% in month-to-month phrases in Might, the ONS mentioned, a bit greater than the 0.6% consensus.
British factory-gate costs — a key determinant of costs later paid by customers in retailers — had been 22.1% greater in Might than a 12 months earlier, the most important improve since these information started in 1985, the ONS mentioned.