Inflation

Government figures released show that the inflation rate increased to 3.5% in January 2010 from the previous month’s figure of 2.9%.

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation percentage was affected by both the VAT rate returning to 17.5% and higher fuel prices. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) inflation which includes housing costs rose to 3.7% in January 2010 (from 2.4%).