British inflation sees surprise increase to 2.6 percent in July: official figures


LONDON — Official figures show that Britain’s benchmark inflation rate unexpectedly rose in July, following a run of declines.

The Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday that consumer price inflation rose from 2.4 percent in June to 2.6 percent in July. The market consensus was that inflation would fall to 2.3 percent. It said airfares, clothing and footwear were largely behind the increase.