U.K. inflation accelerated more than forecast in August, pushing close to 3 percent again after the biggest surge in clothes prices in almost three decades.The jump in the rate to 2.9 percent from 2.6 percent in July comes in the wake of a renewed decline in the pound, which has been boosting import costs since the Brexit vote in 2016. Core inflation also accelerated more than economists expected, reaching the most since 2011, the Office for National Statistics said.
The numbers — intensifying a squeeze on households — may also put fresh pressure on Bank of England policy makers, who are grappling with price growth above their 2 percent target. The nine-member Monetary Policy Committee has split in recent months, with two members pushing to hike interest rates from a record-low 0.25 percent.
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