UK inflation has remained at 2.3% in March, the highest level since September 2013, official figures show.

The  main upward drivers are Food and non-alcoholic beverages, where food prices fell between February and March in the previous 6 years but in 2017 they rose by 0.6%, and Clothing and footwear, where prices overall rose by 2.0% between February and March this year compared with 1.0% a year ago.

The effects are spread across a wide range of items, principally in women’s clothing.

The figure would have been higher said the ONS but for the timing of Easter which meant that the index picked up a fall in air fares.


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