NFU guide: State of the Farming Economy

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The NFU's economic intelligence team has published its State of the Farming Economy briefing for October 2020.

The document provides a snapshot of the current economic situation and an insight into the medium-term prospects for the food and farming sector and why agriculture is important to the national economy.

What's in the briefing?

Key headlines in this edition include:

  • Updated commodity price analysis and outlook
  • The UK economy recovered in August, growing by 2.1%
  • Inflation jumped to 0.5% in September from 0.2% in August
  • Global food prices averaged 97.9 points in September, up from August
  • Retail sales continue to increase for the fifth consecutive month in September
  • Unemployment rate grew to 4.5% in the three months to August, from 4.1% in the previous quarter
  • Annual growth in employee pay strengthened in August 2020 as employees continued to return to work from furlough
  • Farming input costs declined by 1.0% in August 2020 compared with a year earlier
  • Agricultural borrowing was £19.54 billion in July 2020

Read the latest State of the Farming Economy briefing here (NFU members only – you’ll need to login).

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