Sharp rises in fuel prices sent inflation to 3.2%, official figures revealed today. The increase in the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) - up from 3.1% in September - forced Bank of England Governor Mervyn King to write another letter to the Chancellor explaining why inflation is so far above the 2% target. Soaring costs at the petrol pumps were largely behind the CPI increase following the government's fuel duty rise on October 1, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data. But, big increases in computer games bought on the high street also drove a record rise in inflation for recreation and culture goods. However there was some relief on food bills as shoppers were helped by lower vegetable and meat prices, with pork in particular cheaper due to healthy stock levels, said the ONS.