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Annual inflation in the UK rose to 10.4 per cent in February, up from 10.1 per cent in January, the latest official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.

Economists polled earlier by the Refinitiv consulting company expected British consumer prices to rise 9.9 percent in February, CBS reported, citing BTA.

Over the same period, core inflation, which excludes energy, food, alcohol and tobacco prices, rose from 5.8 percent to 6.6 percent.

In February, food and alcohol prices recorded their sharpest jump since 1977.

In February, inflation in the country reached 1 percent compared to January, when, again on a monthly basis, it rose by 0.7 percent.

Housing and household services were the main driver of inflation on an annual basis,

"Eurostat": Annual inflation in the EU has slowed to 9.9% and 8.5% in the Eurozone - already the increase in electricity and gas bills, explained the experts of the British statistics.

The increase in monthly inflation was fueled by increases in the prices of restaurants and cafes, food and clothing, although partially offset by decreases in the prices of entertainment and cultural products and services, as well as in fuels.