The CPI including owner occupiers' housing costs rose 1.8 percent year-on-year in February, same as in January.
Consumer prices increased at an annual rate of 1.9% last month, a 0.1% increase since January, which exceeded a Reuters poll of economists who had forecast that United Kingdom inflation would remain unchanged in February.
(Refiles to correct spelling in final paragraph) LONDON, March 20 (Reuters) - Britain's main inflation rate ticked up last month but stayed close to January's two-year low, helping consumers maintain their spending power even as Brexit remained uncertain.
Headline consumer inflation quickened to 4.1 percent year on year in February from 4.0 percent in January, while on a month-on-month basis prices rose 0.8 percent after falling 0.2 percent a month before, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday.
"Rising prices for food, alcohol and tobacco, and across a range of recreational and cultural goods produced the largest upward contributions to change in the rate between January and February 2019".
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Annually, food and alcohol inflation hit 1.1% and 5.1% respectively. Computer games had the biggest effect.
However, that was offset by clothing and footwear, which saw prices rise but by less than they did in the same period a year ago.
Economists said they expected inflation to rise above the Bank of England's 2 percent target soon, especially as many household utility bills are due to increase in April. "Real earnings growth is now 1.5%, the best level since end-2016, although still appreciably below long-term norms".
'The overriding priority must be for parliament to avoid a messy and disorderly departure from the European Union, which would likely drive a marked drop in sterling and could significantly increase inflation and the cost pressure on businesses and consumers, ' he added.
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He said: "I am here to clarify a massive misunderstanding, we have to shut it down very quickly". United declined comment on the posts because Evra no longer plays for the club.
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