Inflation dropped to a four-year low in November as it was pulled down by easing price increases across food and energy prices.

Inflation fell to 2.1% in November, from 2.2% in October.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recorded “little change” to food prices in November against a 1.1% increase in the same period last year.

The main downward movement came from fruit, as prices rose by less than a year ago, and vegetables where prices fell this year but rose a year ago. Bread and cereal prices also fell slightly this year and rose a year ago, further adding to the downward effect.

More downward movements came as gas and electricity prices were almost unchanged from the previous month against a 0.6% rise last year. Recently announced energy price rises are yet to have an impact.

Restaurants and hotels also helped slow inflation as prices rose less overall against last year.