Air fares push inflation to 2.7%

Inflation has risen to 2.7%, a 0.3% increase from last month. The Office for National Statistics says this has been caused by a 22% surge in air fares and a smaller rise in fuel and clothes.

Air fares hit record level with 22 percent rise since April

Air fares have leapt 22 percent from April - the highest rate on record for this time of year - while the rate of price falls for petrol and diesel slowed.

Air fares have leapt 22 percent from April, the Office of National Statistics has announced. Credit: Press Assocation

The rise contributed to the 0.3 percent increase inflation announced by the Office of National Statistics today.

Prices rose across European, long-haul and domestic flights, the ONS said, adding that higher air fares were not necessarily linked to the early timing of the Easter holidays.

Overall transport prices rose by 0.4 percent between April and May, the ONS said.

Transport and clothing contribute to inflation increase

The Office of National Statistics has announced that inflation has risen by 0.3 per cent. It explained the largest upward contributions to the change in the inflation rate came from transport - notably air transport and motor fuels - and clothing.

The Office of National Statistics has released the latest Consumer Price Index figures. Credit: Jens Kalaene/DPA/Press Association Images

The price of clothing and footwear also rose 1.2 percent month on month to tighten the squeeze on households, as the cost of women's outdoor clothing increased during a colder-than-normal month.

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