The biggest annual drop in clothing prices since 2009 and cheaper second-hand cars, toys and computer games saw inflation fall in February

The annual rate of consumer price inflation dropped to 0.4% in February from 0.7% in January, the Office for National Statistics said.

Price falls were partially offset by rising prices for motor fuels, and housing and household services overall.

“The impact of the pandemic has disrupted standard seasonal patterns,” ONS Deputy National Statistician Jonathan Athow said. “A fall in clothing prices helped to ease inflation in February, traditionally a month where we would see these prices rise.”


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