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Inflation Unchanged 30 October 2003

The annual rate of inflation for All Items stands at 3.0% in October. This is unchanged from the September figure. The rate for All Items excluding Housing rose to 2.8% in October from the September figure of 2.7%.

Monthly increases in the index were recorded in Alcoholic drinks (1.7%), Catering (1.5%), Motoring expenditure (0.8%), Food (0.7%), Fuel and light (0.7%) and Tobacco (0.7%). Other increases were below 0.5%.

The main decreases recorded between mid-September and mid-October were in Clothing (-0.8%) and Fares and other travel costs (-0.5%). Other decreases were below -0.4%. The General Index of Retail Prices for October now stands at 110.2 (January 2000 = 100.0).

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