Another good month for new Bank of England governor Mark Carney: figures published this morning by the Office for National Statistics show that inflation held steady at 2.7% last month, not far off its 2% target.
The UK's inflation rate, as measured by the consumer prices index (CPI), was 2.8% in July and 2.7% in August. A drop in petrol and diesel prices, but a rise in air fares, caused the figure to remain static at 2.7% in September. Air fares fell 18.7% in the year to September, the ONS said, but this was smaller than the 25.2% decrease seen a year ago and so pushed up the inflation rate.
UK inflation rate over the last 10 years:
However, consumers are still feeling the pinch as wages rose by 1.1% on average over the same period. There are other losers too - September's CPI figure is used to set the rate for some benefits, including the state pension and those for disabled people and carers.
Meanwhile the Retail Prices Index grew by 3.2% in the year ending September 2013, down from 3.3% in August.
The Bank of England has said it will not consider raising interest rates until the unemployment rate falls to 7%.