April 26, 2021
- The SNP has used Brexit as a pretext for a second independence referendum request, but the new realities of UK-EU relations fundamentally change the debate.
- If a clear majority of MSPs elected to the new Scottish Parliament on 6 May favour independence, the perceived risk premium around indyref2 is likely to rise.
April 23, 2021
- UK retail sales rebounded by 5% m-o-m in Mar-21, recovering half of its decline since Oct-20 and beating consensus expectations. GDP has been less sensitive to lockdown on the downside so is set to rebound less in the recovery.
- Businesses have been slow to re-open with only 1.6% resuming trade in the month to 18 April and a third of the accommodation and food sector still closed. Hopes are high for the next fortnight. Rejoice - UK mobility is above the most depressed half of the world.
April 21, 2021
- Inflation disappointed expectations again in Mar-21 as it only increased to 0.7% y-o-y on the CPI and 1.5% on the RPI, although the latter was precisely in line with our forecast (index at 296.9). Food and recreation prices were the main sources of weakness.
- The CPI outlook seems slightly softer than we previously thought. Further increases remain likely, aside from a July blip, with the peak slightly over 2% in Nov-21. Subdued median inflation suggests underlying pressures are not reflating excessively.