Rise in cost of living

Inflation has risen. The ONS says CPI is 3.5 per cent, up from 3.4 per cent in February. This is the first rise in inflation since September last year.

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Food and clothing drive prices upwards

The biggest upward pressure came from the softer drop in food bills, a smaller fall in recreation and culture costs and higher clothing and footwear prices.

Fruit, bread and cereals and meat saw prices rise in March, compared with falls a year ago, which acted as a drag on the overall food category.

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