Latest Nielsen report highlights retail inflation

A rise of 0.2% has been calculated from August to September 2010.

Following a rise in oil prices and the cost of cotton earlier this year, overall shop inflation increased marginally in September to 1.9% from 1.7% in August – the highest rate for five months.

British Retail Consortium director-general Stephen Robertson said: "Past increases in commodity prices are now putting pressure on overall shop prices but the worst of this may have passed.

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"Even so, weak demand, poor consumer confidence and strong competition between retailers are likely to hold back shop price inflation for the rest of the year.”