Rising food prices were one of the main contributors to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation reaching a five year high of 3% in September 2017.

Inflation at restaurants and cafes was up 3.1% in September during the last 12 months, while alcoholic beverages were softer at 2.6%.

The pick-up in inflation raises the likelihood of an increase in interest rates - currently 0.25% - next month.

Business rates will go up by September’s Retail Prices Index (RPI) of 3.9%.

The fall in the pound since last year’s Brexit vote has been one factor behind the rise in the inflation rate, as the cost of imported goods has risen.

ONS head of inflation Mike Prestwood said: “Food prices and a range of transport costs helped to push up inflation in September. These effects were partly offset by clothing prices that rose less strongly than this time last year.”

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