Rail fares set to rise by 6.2%

Commuters in England face 6.2% rise in average train fares after a shock increase in the Retail Prices Index measure of inflation. Cars, air fares, clothing and housing are being blamed for the surprise rise in the Consumer Prices Index of inflation.

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ONS: Air fares driving inflation increases

July saw a dramatic rise in the cost of air fares Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that rising air fares are responsible for the rise in inflation rates announced today.

Air fares, which are highly seasonal, rose 21.7% between June and July - the largest increase since 2004. Travel companies have reported an increase in demand for foreign holidays as people look to escape the wet start to the British summer.

July also saw the record smallest monthly fall in prices in footwear and clothing prices after retailers brought forward their summer sales to June.

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