LONDON (Reuters) - The British public's expectations for inflation in the year ahead surged in March when the pound plunged as the coronavirus outbreak escalated, a survey from U.S. bank Citi and polling firm YouGov showed on Monday.
Inflation expectations for the next 12 months shot up to 3.2% from 2.3% in February, the highest level since August last year. "Unusually, this was despite a sharp reduction in oil prices," economists from Citi said.
"With short-run expectations also contradicting many – including our own – expectations that inflation is now likely to fall, sharp adjustments in inflation expectations may be necessary over the coming months."
(Reporting by Andy Bruce; Editing by William Schomberg)