The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) annual inflation grew by 2.7% in January 2013, unchanged for the fourth month in a row. This is the longest period for which the CPI growth has remained unchanged.
The largest upward pressures came from alcohol and air fares.
Miscellaneous goods & services and clothing provided the largest downward pressures.
The Retail Prices Index (RPI – see background note 1 in the Statistical Bulletin) annual inflation grew by 3.3% in January 2013, up from 3.1% in December 2012.
The format of this bulletin will change from next month (the February 2013 Consumer Price Indices) to take account of the launch of the new CPIH and RPIJ measures of Consumer Price Inflation.