Rising food and drink prices failed to shift the UK’s overall measure of inflationary growth from a three-year low of 1.5% in November.
The UK’s consumer price index remained unchanged in the 12 months to the end of November 2019 at 1.5%, down from 2.3% twelve months ago.
Inflation in food and non-alcoholic beverages continued to growth in the period, rising to 2.1% over the past 12 months.
Overall food inflation stood at 1.8%, with inflation of 4.7& in oils and fats, 3.7% in sugar, jam, syrups, chocolate and confectionery and 2.8% in bread and cereals.
Non alcoholic drinks spiked by 4.6%, driven by a 5.7% increase in the price of water, soft drinks and juices.
Alcoholic beverages were up 2% year on year, with tobacco up 1.7%.
The largest overall contribution to the CPI 12-month inflation rate in November 2019 came from housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels.
The largest downward contributions to change in the inflation rate between October and November 2019 came from accommodation services and tobacco.