Inflation: Data on both the CPI and RPI inflation indices.Jump to full report >>
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) is the main measure of inflation. It is produced in line with international standards and is the measure used for the Bank of England’s 2% inflation target. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) is no longer classified as a National Statistics as the way it is calculated does not meet international standards. It is included here as it is well-known and is the longest running measure of inflation.
The CPI inflation rate was 0.3% in April, 0.2% points lower than March. The RPI inflation rate increased by 0.3% points to 1.6%.
The main contribution to the increase came through rises in air fares and clothing prices. The upward pressures were partially offset by a fall in food prices and a smaller rise petrol prices than a year ago.