British inflation rose to its highest level in more than five years in September, according to official data that could make the Bank of England more likely to raise interest rates next month.
Consumer prices last month were 3.0 percent higher than a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday, matching economists' average expectation in a Reuters poll and marking the fastest rise since April 2012.
Rising inflation - driven largely by the pound's fall since last year's Brexit vote - has squeezed household incomes this year, causing broader economic growth to slow, as wages have failed to keep pace with the rising cost of living.
Nonetheless, last month the BoE said it expected to raise interest rates in the coming months, so long as the economy and price pressures continued to strengthen.
A majority of economists polled by Reuters think the BoE will move at its next meeting in November - but most also said it would be a mistake to act now.