By Daniel Hunter

Official data released today (Friday) has shown that in the year to January 2012 the output price index for home sales of manufactured products in the United Kingdom rose 4.1 per cent, compared with a rise of 4.8 per cent last month.

This is the lowest annual rate since November 2010, when the index also rose 4.1 per cent, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

Other results:

- Between December and January the output index for home sales of manufactured products rose 0.5 per cent.

- In the year to January 2012 the output price index excluding food, beverages, tobacco & petroleum rose 2.4 per cent. This is the lowest annual rate since February 2010, when the index rose 2.2 per cent.

- In the year to January 2012 the total input price index rose 7.0 per cent, compared with a rise of 8.9 per cent last month. This is the lowest annual rate since November 2009, when the index rose 3.9 per cent.

- Between December and January the total input price index rose 0.5 per cent.

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