Consumer Price Index drops after toy prices fall

Official measure of inflation fell to three per cent in Feb; slowdown driven mainly by decrease in toy and games prices.
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The Consumer Price Index saw a drop for the first time since September 2009 from 3.5 per cent to three per cent. This beat analysts' predictions of a fall to 3.1 per cent.

The Office for National Statistics said a decrease in average gas bills also helped the inflation levels to fall.

Retail price inflation was steady at 3.7 per cent.

The Ernst & Young ITEM Club predicted that inflation will near the two per cent target by the end of the year.


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