The rate of inflation fell to its lowest level in five years in September as household energy prices fell, the Office of National Statistics said.

The consumer prices index fell to 1.1% in the year to September, down from 1.6% in August. Retail prices index PI inflation fell by 1.4% over the same period, compared with a fall of 1.3% in August.

The ONS reported that prices of clothing and footwear rose by more than a year ago across a range of items.

There was a “large” downward inflationary contribution from products such as pre-recorded DVDs, games toys and hobbies.

Food and alcoholic drink prices fell by 0.9% overall between August and September, versus 0.3& a year ago. The main contributor to the fall was meat, which rose a year ago across a range of products.