The UK’s inflation rate rose to 1% in July as lockdown measures eased further.
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose from June’s value of 0.6%, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
Jonathan Athow, the deputy national statistician for economic statistics at the ONS, said: “Inflation has risen, in part, due to the largest monthly pump price increase in nearly a decade, as international oil prices rose from their lows earlier this year.
“The largest upward movement came from clothing where prices fell on the month but by less than a year ago, partly due to different sales patterns throughout the year so far.
“In addition, prices for private dental treatment, physiotherapy and haircuts have increased with the need for PPE [personal protective equipment] contributing to costs for these businesses.”