The rate of consumer price inflation rose to 3.7% in the year to April, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Clothing and footwear was the main contributor towards the growth from March, when the consumer prices index (CPI) was 3.4%. The largest upward effect came from clothing, particularly womenswear, the report said.
The retail prices index (RPI) was up 5.5% in April, up from 4.4% in March. This is the highest annual RPI inflation rate since July 1991 when it stood at 5.5%.
Clothing and footwear was also one of the key drivers of RPI growth. Prices in clothing rose more in the year to April 2010 than they had over the previous year, with women’s outerwear showing the largest growth. There was also a small upward effect from men’s outerwear.