Inflation in Britain rose to its highest level in 40 years last month, reaching 9.1 percent, according to official data published today.
Reuters quoted the British Statistics Office as saying: "The rise in the prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks contributed to a significant increase in inflation," noting that consumer prices rose 0.7 percent on a monthly basis in last May.
The data was in line with the results of a Reuters poll of economists.
The Bank of England raised key interest rates four times in a row in an effort to contain the inflation crisis sweeping the world, bringing the interest rate to 1 percent, the highest level since 2009.
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