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Inflation hits three-year high

The headline rate of inflation hit a three-year high today of 5.2%, topping the expectations of many economic experts.

The annual rate of CPI inflation rose from 4.5% in August with the Office for National Statistics pointing to increases in gas and electricity charges, and pressures from air transport and communcation services for the rise.

The main downward pressure to the change in CPI inflation between August and September came from clothing.

The RPI rate of inflation, which includes mortgage costs, rose from 5.2% in August to 5.6%. It is the highest RPI annual inflation rate for more than 20 years.

Coverage of the inflation figures is brought to's readers in association with stockbrokers Redmayne-Bentley.

David Scott of Redmayne-Bentley, said: "The rise in CPI Inflation to 5.2%, due to increased energy costs, was well flagged and matched the 5.2% recorded in September 2008, just after oil rocketed to $147 a barrel.

"With the rise in the RPI measure to 5.6% this takes the annual rate of this measure to its highest since June 1991. Today's figures will also prove expensive for the Government, putting already stretched public finances under increased pressure, as the September CPI reading is used to calculate next April's rise in the basic state pension and other state benefits.

"At risk of losing credibility as an inflationary fighting central bank the MPC are firmly of the view that inflation will probably peak this month before falling sharply next year, possibly falling back to around target of 2%. This view is generally accepted by independent forecasts."

Source : Ian Briggs – The Business Desk Yorkshire

18 October 2011
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