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Tuition fees push inflation up

UK inflation leapt to 2.7% last month after university students were hit with a near-trebling in tuition fees and households faced rising food costs, official figures revealed.

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Inflation expected to edge up as consumers feel the heat

Inflation will edge up today as consumers start to feel the heat of rising energy prices, food costs and university tuition fees.

Inflation is expected to edge back up today Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Experts predict that the consumer price index (CPI) for October will be 2.3%, having been at a 34-month low of 2.2% in September, with some predicting the rate could go as high as 2.5%.

Inflation has fallen back from a three-year high of 5.2% in September 2011 but there are fears the rate could reach 3.5% by the middle of next year.

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