Travel and alcohol push up UK inflation

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The UK Consumer Prices Index (CPI) annual rate of inflation rose to 4.5% in April, up from 4% in March.

However, the Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure of inflation - which includes mortgage interest payments - fell slightly to 5.2% from 5.3% in March.

Phil Gooding from the Office for National Statistics says inflation was propelled by rising travel costs at Easter and a higher duty on alcohol and tobacco.

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