British inflation hit its joint highest in more than five years in August as households paid more for fuel and clothing, complicating the Bank of England's job of explaining why it is not raising
The fall in the value of the pound since last year's Brexit vote helped push up clothing costs which jumped by 4.6 percent in annual terms, the biggest rise since the consumer price index was launched in 1997, the Office for National Statistics said.
Consumer prices overall increased by 2.9 percent compared with a year earlier, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday, above the median forecast in a Reuters poll of economists for a rise of 2.8 percent.
That took the CPI back to its level hit in May.
The bigger-than-expected resumption of the rise in the index - from 2.6 percent in June and July - comes ahead of the BoE's next announcement on interest rates on Thursday.
The BoE targets 2 percent inflation, but most of its policymakers are expected to vote once again to keep rates at their all-time low of 0.25 percent as Britain prepares for the challenge of leaving the European Union in 2019.