The price of food and non-alcoholic beverages fell in April, new figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed.

OFT’s Consumer Prices Index showed that inflation remained at 1.9% in April, largely helped by downward trends in the price of fresh vegetables, bread and cereals.

The drop in the price of fresh vegetables after four consecutive months of increases was attributed to improved supplies for some items - including potatoes, cauliflowers, iceberg lettuces and cucumbers - after bad weather earlier in the year.

A smaller downward effect came from bread and cereals where there were price reductions on some items compared to price rises a year ago.

The OFT’s statistics back the findings of The Grocer Price Index which found that prices fell by 0.1% last month. The survey tracks 100 commonly bought grocery items in the big four supermarkets.