Both measures of inflation rose unexpectedly in July causing concern for savers, people on fixed incomes and rail passengers.
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose from 2.4% in June to 2.6% in July. The Retail Prices Index (RPI), which includes housing costs, rose by a larger amount, from 2.8% to 3.2%.
The increases in both rates of inflation were partly down to higher air fares, which rose by 21.7% compared to last month. A lower than usual drop in clothing prices, due to many summer sales being moved forward, also contributed as did rise in housing costs.
The figures from the Office for ...