The government borrowed more than expected in May, underscoring the risks to public finances as the cost of living crisis threatens to tip Britain into recession.
Rishi Sunak borrowed an additional £14bn last month, £2bn more than economists forecast.
Debt interest payments hit £7.6billion – the highest on record in May, according to the ONS.
The spike in debt servicing costs reflects a jump in the retail price index measure of inflation, which hit 11.7% last month.
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What happened overnight
Hong Kong shares started with a gain this morning, after heavy losses the day before. The Hang Seng index climbed 0.7pc.
The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.06pc, while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China’s second-largest stock exchange added 0.2pc.
Shares in Tokyo opened higher, with the benchmark Nikkei 225 rising 0.2pc.
- Company : Naked Wines (annual results); Serco (commercial statement)
- Economy: Service performance index (UK, US, EU)Manufacturing PMI (UK, US, EU)Compound PMI (US, EU)GfK Consumer Trust (UK)economic bulletin (EU)unemployment benefit claims (WE)bank stress test information (WE)