Shoppers browse aisles in a supermarket in London, Britain April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Britain’s inflation has unexpectedly slowed to 2.6%, the first drop since October economists forecasts that it would hold at the four-year high of 2.9 percent reached in May.

It is the first fall in the CPIH inflation rate since April 2016, although it remains higher than in recent years.

Falling prices for motor fuels and certain recreational and cultural goods and services were the main contributors to the fall in the rate according to the Office for National Statistics which said that those downward contributions were partially offset by rising prices for furniture and furnishings.


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