As well as the rise in the cost of products made from oil. Inflation has also been fuelled by rises in the cost of foreign travel (up 5.6%) and fish (up 2.8%).
Meanwhile, flowers went down in price by 4.5%. The so-called “health index” that excludes products such as tobacco and alcohol rose by 0.2 points in June to 121.02 points good for growth of 1.69%.
The health index is used to determine whether public service wages and benefits should rise to account for inflation. Each time it exceeds 2% public sector pay and benefits are increased accordingly.