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UK Datanote: U.K. Nationwide House Prices, November 2022

  • In one line: House prices fall for the second month in a row. 

Gabriella DickensU.K.

29 Nov 2022 UK Monitor House Prices have Scope to Rebound in the mid-2020s

Incoming data are consistent with our forecast for a sharp fall in house purchases and an 8% drop in prices.

The MPC, however, won’t keep Bank Rate at 4% indefinitely; house prices should rebound in the mid-2020s.

Mortgage payments’ share of incomes will not return to 2010s levels; hefty rent rises have raised the floor.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

23 Nov 2022 UK Monitor The Chances of Public Borrowing Falling Below 3% of GDP are Remote

  • Borrowing undershot the consensus in October due to the timing and under-recording of energy support.
  • The OBR's GDP forecasts assume an implausibly low saving rate and too rapid productivity growth...
  • ...Plans for very tight public spending won't be stuck to; borrowing eventually will settle at about 4% of GDP.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

22 Nov 2022 UK Monitor The Stabilisation of Retail Sales in Q4 will Prove to be a False Dawn

  • Retail sales might hold steady in Q4, given the boost to disposable incomes from reversing the NI hike...
  • ...But they likely will fall again in 2023, as real incomes are hit hard by the rapid withdrawal of fiscal support.
  • A risk premium no longer is priced-in to gilts and sterling, but new strains might emerge if energy prices surge.

Gabriella DickensU.K.

18 Nov 2022 UK Monitor The Cliff-Edge in Energy Price Support Next Year will Aggravate the Recession

  • Most of the spending cuts and tax rises announced by Mr. Hunt do not kick-in until after the next election...
  • ...But the rapid withdrawal of energy price support next year will ensure that the economy remains in recession.
  • Mr. Hunt has less fiscal headroom than his predecessors; further adverse shocks will be met with extra cuts.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

UK Datanote: U.K. Consumer Prices, October 2022

  • In one line:  Still no sign of a slowing in the pace of core price rises yet. 

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

15 Nov 2022 UK Monitor Brace for an Above-Consensus CPI Inflation Print for October

  • We look for an above-consensus jump in CPI inflation to 10.9% in October, from 10.2% in September.
  • Food prices continued to rise quickly and energy prices soared; core CPI inflation likely remained high too.
  • The BRC’s non-food shop prices index leapt; services inflation likely was supported by education and rents.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

11 Nov 2022 UK Monitor The Downturn in House Prices is Only Just Getting Started

  • Timely data show house prices now are falling in the face of surging mortgage rates and falling real incomes.
  • Supply is becoming scarcer, but it is not keeping up with cratering demand, we still expect prices to fall by 8%.
  • Watch out for a jump in wage growth in September; many public sector workers received a 5% pay rise.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

7 Nov 2022 UK Monitor Forecast Review, Same Dismal Outlook, but a Different Mix of Drivers

  • The U-turn in the direction of fiscal policy has offset the better news on the outlook for borrowing costs.
  • Plausible assumptions suggest Autumn Statement measures will inflict a 0.3% blow to GDP in 2023/24.
  • A halving of energy price support for households in April would raise the path for CPI inflation by about 2.0pp.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

31 Oct 2022 U.K. Monitor No Shortage of Scary Charts Foretelling a Haunting 2023

  • Rising mortgage rates, energy prices and unemploy- ment will all drain the life from the economy next year.
  • Real government spending will be strangled in each of the next three years, in order to get the debt ratio falling.
  • A further rise in long-term sickness will be another un- welcome shock; no escaping a prolonged recession.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

28 Oct 2022 UK Monitor How will the Government Phase Out the Costly Energy Price Guarantee

  • Wholesale prices imply it would cost £65B to maintain the Energy Price Guarantee from Q2 until Q3 2024.
  • Simply removing it, however, would inflict a near-3% income blow on households in April; that's not realistic.
  • Scrapping standing charges would limit prices, cap the Treasury's exposure, and encourage energy efficiency.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

20 Oct 2022 UK Monitor Emerging Spare Capacity will Eventually Crush Core Inflation

  • September’s data showed no let up in the rate of core price rises; the MPC will continue to hike rates quickly.
  • Core CPI inflation, however, will ease soon; firms have too much stock, and demand is about to plunge.
  • The outlook for energy CPI inflation is unclear again, but rising unemployment will let the MPC focus on the core.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

UK Datanote: U.K. Consumer Prices, September 2022

  • In one line:  No let up in the rate of core price rises yet.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

19 Oct 2022 UK Monitor Scrapping the Energy Price Guarantee Would Transform the Inflation Outlook

  • We’ll need to raise our forecast for CPI inflation in Q2 2023 by 5pp, if Ofgem’s unsubsidised price cap returns.
  • One option for the government is to maintain grants for low income households; these wouldn’t lower the CPI.
  • The MPC will worry more about demand than inflation expectations; unemployment will have risen by April.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

4 Oct 2022 UK Monitor Forecast Review, A Recession Induced by Policymakers Lies Ahead

  • We now look for a 1.5% year-over-year drop in GDP in 2023, worse than our prior forecast for a 1.2% decline.
  • The Energy Price Guarantee has shored up real in- comes, but the tax cuts are counterproductive, net...
  • ...The hit from the resulting drop in sterling and rise in mortgage rates will outweigh the direct fiscal boost.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

UK Datanote: U.K. Nationwide House Prices, September 2022

  • In one line: The start of a prolonged fall in house prices. 

Gabriella DickensU.K.

30 Sept 2022 UK Monitor House Prices will Fall, But a Double- Digit Percentage Drop Looks a Stretch

  • The supply of existing homes on the market needs to rise sharply to depress house prices substantially...
  • ...But the link between unemployment and forced sales has loosened, as fewer low-to-mid earners own homes.
  • We look for a 5% drop in house prices over the next 12 months, but a severe decline in housing transactions.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

28 Sept 2022 UK Monitor Surveys Point to a Small Drop in GDP in Q3, but this is Just the Start

  • PMI and confidence data for September suggest GDP edged down for a second consecutive quarter in Q3.
  • The downturn will gather momentum, as borrowing costs for households and businesses soar.
  • We now look for a 1.5% year-over-year decline in GDP in 2023, and CPI inflation not to return to 2% until 2025.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

27 Sept 2022 UK Monitor Will the MPC Pick Prolonged High Inflation or a Mortgage Crisis

  • A recession now is all but inevitable; the key questionis how the pain will be distributed.
  • Hiking Bank Rate to 6% would crush domestically-generated inflation; mortgage defaults would soar.
  • Hiking more slowly would depress sterling and boost imported inflation, but is the lesser evil for the MPC.

Samuel Tombs (UK Economist)U.K.

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