VAT increase: Apple prices to rise in UK?

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from Macworld UK. Visit Macworld UK’s blog page for the latest Mac news from across the Atlantic.

The rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) will rise from 17.5 percent to 20 percent will come into force in the UK on Tuesday, meaning that the price of thousands of items will shoot up.

Apple products could be among those to increase in price, and though the company has not officially said that it will adjust prices accordingly, it could take the opportunity to make changes across its product line to reflect international exchange rates.

Under the 20 percent rate, a MacBook Pro could cost up to £40 more on Tuesday than it did on Monday, and the 12-Core Mac Pro could cost £85 more.

You can find details of the predict price rises for the whole of Apple's hardware product range on the Macworld UK Website or in the chart below.

Labour leader Ed Miliband today warned that the VAT increase would cost the average family £7.50 per week, though the government insists that it will help to raise £13bn in order to deal with the country's deficit.

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