Petrol prices helps inflation fall to new four-year low

Lower petrol prices helped inflation fall to a new four-year low of 1.7% in February, official figures showed today.

Lower petrol prices helped inflation fall to a new four-year low of 1.7% in February, official figures showed today. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

It marks the fifth monthly slowdown in a row.

Petrol prices dropped 0.8p per litre between January and February this year, compared with a 4p rise for the same period in 2013.

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The Consumer Prices Index rate fell from 1.9% in January as it continued to fall short of the Bank of England's target of 2%, the Office for National Statistics said. CPI has not been lower since October 2009, when it stood at 1.5%.

The fall in inflation to 1.7% was widely predicted and suggests private sector pay growth - which was also 1.7% in the three months to January - has already caught up.

However, total wages are only rising by 1.4%, with ordinary public sector workers seeing a rise of just 0.9%, according to the latest figures.

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Inflation falls to four-year low

The rate of Consumer Price Index inflation has fallen to a four-year low of 1.7% last month. The main factor in the decline was fuel prices. The rate of Retail Price Index inflation dropped to 2.7%.