Rising food and fuel costs pushed UK inflation up to an 11-year high of 3.8% last month – up from 3.3% in May. The rise means inflation is now well above the government's 2% target and vastly reduces the chance of a UK rate cut. The RPI inflation measure also rose to 4.6% in June – from 4.3% in May. Food and non-alcoholic drinks were the main factors fuelling the rise in inflation, with prices increasing by a record 2.1%, said the Office of National Statistics. The British Retail Consortium also said that like-for-like sales on the UK's High Streets were down 0.4% in June compared with a year earlier. Yesterday, figures showed that factory gate prices – a measure of how much manufacturers charge for their goods – rose 10% in the year to June, the first double-digit annual rise for more than 20 years.