“UK retailers report more inflation pressure as economy reopens”

Jun 2, 2021 | High Street

Here’s confirmation of this headline, from just one supplier to a retailer close to me: ‘Since our last increase in May 2018 we have been subject to a 10% increase in the cost of timber and hair (I know), a 25% increase in the cost of springs, foam and hessian and a 40% increase in the cost of stains and solvents, mostly in the last six months. We cannot therefore sustain our current prices, which will be increasing by 10% from 20th May’. They’ve obviously decided to absorb some of the extra costs. Inflation will only return if retailers don’t do the same.

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