Sky High! Rising air fares drive first increase in inflation in 10 months

By Rupert Hall,

A rise in air and sea fares linked to the timing of Easter were behind a rise inflation from March to April, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Consumer Prices Index of inflation rose from 1.6% in March to 1.8% in April.

The ONS, which is based in Newport, said air and sea fares were the two largest contributors to the rise with prices increasing by 18% and 22% on the month respectively.

It found the timing of Easter was the most likely factor in both cases.

Petrol prices were unchanged between March and April this year compared with a fall of 2.1p per litre between the same two months in 2013.

Diesel prices fell by 0.5p per litre compared with a fall of 3.9p per litre at the same time last year.

The Retail Prices Index of inflation remained flat at 2.5% in April compared to the same rate in March.

Sourced by Wales Online

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