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We have revised up our forecast for Q4 CPI inflation by 1.0pp since early July; energy prices have surged again.
But we have revised down our forecast for the level of GDP by only 0.5pp in Q4; fiscal policy will respond.
People also have shown more willingness to deplete savings; we still expect a recession to be narrowly avoided.
Households saved much less and borrowed more in Q2; real spending, therefore, likely was unchanged from Q1.
On paper, households have ample scope to reduce their saving rate further, but we see several constraints.
Some already have depleted savings, credit conditions are tightening, and deleveraging will be more attractive.
Households have not saved sufficiently less in Q2 to offset the hit to spending from the huge real income drop.
The high level of ad-hoc mortgage and unsecured debt repayments shows households remain cautious.
Households usually slash their saving rate when total financial wealth is growing quickly; it is barely rising now.
We look for a mere 0.1% month-to-month rise in GDP in April, only just reversing the prior month's fall.
While output in the manufacturing and distribution sectors probably rebounded.
The consumer services sector was hit by the real income squeeze, and Covid-related spending plunged.
Households still were unwilling to use their excess savings in April, despite the sharp drop in real incomes.
With excess savings equal to £186B and consumer credit £23B below its peak, consumers still can spend.
But low confidence, the unequal distribution of savings and falling incomes suggests expenditure will dip in Q2.
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