U.K. inflation rose to 3.0% in September, the highest since March 2012 and up from an annual 2.9% in August as the depreciation of sterling following the Brexit vote fed into prices, the Office for National Statistics said.
Including the cost of owner-occupiers' housing, inflation rose to 2.8% in September from 2.7% in August and 1.3% in September 2016.
Increases in prices of recreational goods, along with transport costs, pushed the headline figure up, partially counteracted by slowing clothing price inflation.
Meanwhile, annual U.K. producer price inflation slipped in September to 3.3% after rising for the first time in six months in August to 3.4%, the office said in a separate report.
Core output inflation was 2.5% while input prices rose 8.4% in the year to September, the same rates as noted the month before.
The relatively stable annual rates for both input and output prices reflected upward contributions from energy, offset by downward contributions from other industries.