Overall shop prices have reported annual deflation for the third consecutive month in July, falling 0.3 per cent from June.
Food inflation also fell by 0.5 per cent from last month and is now at its lowest rate since summer 2010.
Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium Director General, said: “Shop prices have now fallen for three consecutive months compared with last year and July’s rate showed the biggest drop for six and a half years.
“This is great news for hard pressed families whose budgets have been squeezed by rising utility bills, transport and other costs. It shows just how hard retailers are working to serve their customers and underlines how deep the promotions and discounts from retailers are at the moment.”
Non-food reported annual deflation of 2.1 per cent in July from 1.9 per cent in June amid heavy discounting in the clothing and footwear categories across women’s, men’s and children’s categories..
Mike Watkins, Head of Retailer and Business Insight, Nielsen, commented “Whilst the 2013 heatwave is bringing strong sales uplifts for food retailers it
s holding back some non-food sales growth, so the welcome slowdown in shop price inflation in July should benefit most retailers and help to kick start consumer demand as we enter the peak holiday period."