The UK Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose 2.9% in June, up from a 2.7% increase in May and driven by clothing and footwear.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the largest contributions to the change in prices paid by consumers came from motor fuels and clothing and footwear.

Prices for the latter fell by 1.9% from May to June, but this was well short of the 4.2% decrease recorded in the same period last year.

“Prices usually fall between May and June as the summer sales begin, but the fall between those months in 2012 was the largest on record and there were reports of sales starting earlier than in previous years,” the ONS said.

“The main upward effect behind the change in the headline rate came from garments, particularly women’s outerwear and, to a lesser extent, children’s outerwear.”