Price at the pumps lowers inflation

Falling petrol costs helped bring down inflation in June, official figures have shown.

The Office for National Statistics said that the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell from 3.4% to 3.2% over the month.

Petrol prices fell by an average 2.6p a litre to 117.9p - in contrast with a 4.4p hike a year earlier - dragging down the rate of inflation

The biggest reduction seen in June since the ONS began collecting monthly figures 14 years ago was seen by clothing and footwear, as prices fell by 2.1%.

Clothing sales were more widespread this year, particularly for categories such as womenswear, the ONS added.

The impact of petrol and clothing outweighed upward pressures on inflation such as rising air fares - with ticket prices to South Africa doubling for the World Cup - and higher premiums for car and house insurance, statisticians added.

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