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UK inflation falls sharply in April to 0.8%

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The UK’s inflation rate fell in April to its lowest since August 2016 as the economic fallout of the first month of the lockdown hit prices.

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 0.8% from 1.5% in March, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Falling petrol and diesel prices, plus lower energy bills, were the main drivers pushing inflation lower.

But prices of games and toys rose, which the ONS said may have come as people occupied their time at home.

Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician for economic statistics at the Office for National Statistics, said: „While the coronavirus limited the availability of some goods and services, its effect on prices was more muted.“

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