The latest BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index found that shop prices fell -1.2% in October, compared to a -1.6% decline in September. Non-food prices fell -2.7% (- 3.2% in September). 

British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson OBE says: “Once again, it is good news for consumers with shop prices falling in October, albeit at a slower pace compared to the previous month.

"As the retail industry began to see sales bounce back, non-food prices saw the shallowest decline since the start of the pandemic. However, given the wider economic context, with stricter restrictions and a possible rise in unemployment, we are likely to see continuing discounts in non-food for months to come.

“There is bad news on the horizon for consumers as time continues to run out to agree a free trade deal with the EU. Unless such an agreement can be signed in sealed in the next few weeks, retailers will be unable to provide the same value to their customers after 1st January. The Government must do all in their power to secure a zero-tariff deal or else it will be the public who suffer the consequences of higher prices.”

Mike Watkins, head of retailer and business insight at Nielsen, adds: “With pandemic restrictions extended, shopping behaviour has been in a holding pattern as households adjust to new ways of working, living and spending. To help sales volumes, non-food retailers are limiting any price increases coming through the supply chain and food retailers are continuing with the lower prices introduced in recent weeks. And should the recession and the growth in unemployment have a further impact on consumer spend, we can expect shop price inflation to remain low for the rest of the year.”