Inflation in June stood at 4.2%, down from 4.5% the previous month, according to the Office of National Statistics.

Clothing and footwear gave the most significant downward contributions, with prices having fallen 1.9% as summer Sales began, particularly on women’s outerwear and footwear.

The most significant upward contribution came from food and non-alcoholic beverages. Prices rose by 0.9% between May and June. The rises mostly came from bread, cereals, meat, milk, cheese and eggs. This was offset partially by a small downward push from mineral waters, soft drinks and juices.