Computer games and clothes lift UK inflation to 0.6% – business live

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Inflation across the UK has risen for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began, as the lockdown pushed up the cost of computer games and forced clothes retailers to delay the usual summer sales season.

Price movements this year have not followed the normal seasonal pattern. In recent years, prices have generally risen between January and May before the summer sales season starts in June

It is possible that prices have been influenced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown changing the timing of demand and the availability of some items, particularly consoles. However, it is equally likely to be a result of the computer games in the bestseller charts.

Price movements for computer games can often be relatively large depending on the composition of these charts.

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