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The rate of inflation in the UK remained at 0.3% in February, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

In February last year, inflation was at zero. The ONS said food prices, particularly vegetables, had an upward effect on inflation, keeping in unchanged from January.

Phil Gooding, ONS statistician, said: “Although most prices have remained stable, we have seen falling prices for second-hand cars and bicycles, offset by rising food prices.”

Inflation as measured by the Retail Prices Index (RPI), which includes house costs, also remained unchanged at 1.3%.