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UK inflation rate rises to 4.5%

The UK Consumer Prices Index (CPI) annual rate of inflation rose to 4.5% in April, up from 4% in March.

The rise was due to a jump in transport costs, particularly Easter rises in air and sea fares, and alcohol and tobacco.

However, the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation - which includes mortgage interest payments - fell to 5.2% from 5.3%.

Hugh Pym reports.

  • 17 May 2011
  • From the section UK