The rate of UK inflation rose sharply in June, pushed up by higher clothing, footwear, food and non-alcoholic drinks prices, official figures show.
The Consumer Prices Index rose to 1.9%, up from 1.5% in May, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Women’s clothing prices contributed heavily to the rise.
Air fares and furniture prices also pushed the inflation rate up, the ONS said.
The rate is now close to the Bank of England’s 2% target. It has remained below the target for seven consecutive months.
The pound jumped against the dollar following the inflation figures, climbing as high as $1.7144, around three quarters of a cent higher on the day.
Inflation as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI), which includes housing costs, rose to 2.6%, up from 2.4% in May.
Separately, figures from the ONS showed that annual house price inflation hit 10.5% in May.
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