AS MEASURED by the Consumer Prices Index, UK inflation was unchanged at 0.3% in February, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Annual inflation has been below the Bank of England's 2% target for two years, but last year it stood at zero. The Bank commented last month that it thought inflation would stay below 1% in 2016.
In good news for independent retailers, food prices saw the biggest rise, particularly vegetables, but transport costs fell, the ONS said.
Toothpaste and other personal care products saw a fall in price, but higher prices for vegetables, milk, cheese and eggs made up for those declines.
The ONS said the most downward pressure on the UK's inflation rate came from the transport sector, with price changes for items such as road passenger transport, second-hand cars and bicycles.
Under the separate Retail Prices Index (RPI) measure, which includes housing costs, inflation was 1.3% in February, also unchanged from January.