Rising drinks prices help keep inflation high

Inflation remains at 4.5%, partly due to rising alcohol and tobacco prices, according to new government statistics.

The Consumer Prices Index was unchanged at May and is at its highest level since September 2008.

The Office for National Statistics said: “There were large upward pressures from alcohol and tobacco, with the effect coming from wine and beer partially offset by spirits.

“Prices, overall, of wine and beer rose this year but fell a year ago, particularly for New World wine and lager. Whisky and vodka prices were the main causes of the downward contribution from spirits.”