There was grim news today for millions struggling to make ends meet after a surprise jump in the cost of living.
Rising prices for shopping basket staples bread, fruit, cereal and meat helped push inflation up from 3.4% in February to 3.5% last month.
Data from the Office for National Statistics revealed the cost of fruit and veg increased by 0.2% compared with a record 4.7% slide a year ago.
Grapes were the hardest hit but the Consumer Prices Index also showed a record month-on-month high in clothing with coats, tops, trousers and shoes up by 2.2%.
Experts were caught out by the rise – the first in six months after inflation peaked at 5.2% in September 2011.
Vicky Redwood, from Capital Economics, said: “Inflation should start to fall before long.” The Retail Prices Index fell slightly to 3.6% from 3.7%.