// Consumer Price Index in January grew to 1.8% in January, compared to 1.3% in December, according to ONS inflation figures
// Retail Price Index was 2.7% in January, up from 2.2% in December
The basket of goods that average UK households buy has increased faster than expected after inflation increased to the highest rate in six months.
The latest data from the ONS shows that the rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased to 1.8 per cent in January, up from 1.3 per cent in December.
This is not only the highest inflation has been for six months, but also ahead of the 1.6 per cent that experts were predicting.
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“The rise in inflation is largely the result of higher prices at the pump and airfares falling by less than a year ago,” ONS head of inflation Mike Hardie said.
“In addition, gas and electricity prices were unchanged this month, but fell this time last year due to the introduction of the energy price cap.”
CPIH, the measure which includes housing costs, was also 1.8 per cent in January, up from 1.4 per cent in December.
Meanwhile the Retail Price Index (RPI), which is used by the government to set train fares, was 2.7 per cent in January, up from 2.2 per cent in December.