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UK inflation jumps back above 10 percent as food prices soar

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Fruit and vegetable market stall in central London

British inflation jumped back above 10 percent in September on soaring food prices, official data showed on Wednesday, with the country gripped by a cost-of-living crisis.

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) accelerated to 10.1 percent on an annual basis, up from 9.9 percent in August, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.

The September rate matched the level in July and is the highest in 40 years also as a result of sky-high energy bills.

Food and non-alcoholic beverage prices were the biggest driver of inflation in September as they rose by 14.5 percent, the biggest jump since April 1980, according to historic modelled estimates of the CPI.

Hotel prices also increased in September, the ONS said.

“I understand that families across the country are struggling with rising prices and higher energy bills,” Britain’s new chancellor Jeremy Hunt said in a separate statement.

The government has been rocked by chaos in markets in the wake of a budget that pledged uncosted tax cuts.

The majority of those measures have since been reversed, leaving Prime Minister Liz Truss fighting to save her job.

Credit: Aljazeera.com

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