Inflation, as measured by the Office for National Statistics’ Consumer Price Index, jumped to 2.3% in February – up from 1.8% in January.
The rate is the highest since September 2013 and above the 2% target the Bank of England is charged with keeping inflation at.
Rising fuel and food prices were the main factors pushing inflation higher.
The Brexit vote last June prompted a steep fall in the value of the pound, making imported goods more expensive.
The Bank of England has said it expects inflation will peak at 2.8% next year.
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