Cost of going out goes up as petrol, transport and theatre prices jump 

Going out and having fun is getting more expensive as rising petrol prices, theatre tickets and video games all put pressure on family budgets in August.
The cost of living rose by 2.7pc on the year, accelerating from 2.5pc in July, the Office for National Statistics said, defying expectations of a slowdown.
As a result prices are rising more quickly than average earnings, which rose 2.6pc in the 12 months to July.
Petrol prices are up more than 11pc on the year, train costs 4.4pc and bus and coach travel up 7.1pc. Even boat travel became more expensive with prices soaring 13.9pc.
Rising global energy prices have pushed up household bills, too.
Gas prices are up 4.3pc, the joint fastest rise since 2014 as cost increases unwind some of the decline that households enjoyed in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Theatre ticket price rises drove a 10.6pc rise in the cost of attending shows, concerts and films.
Other recreational and cultural activities had smaller price rises, although every type, from taking part in sport to photographic services, experienced inflation above the Bank of England’s 2pc target.
Even families who opted to stay at home found the cost of fun rising.
Games and hobbies became 14pc more expensive compared with August last year. This is in large part because of video game prices, which often fluctuate since they are heavily affected by the makeup of the best seller charts.
Cost of going out goes up as petrol, transport and theatre prices jump 

Even those staying in faced higher costs. Rising video game price caused part of the rise in inflation. The category is highly dependent on the best sellers' chart and releases of popular games, such as zombie-fighting hit Strange Brigade, pictured
Food and drink price inflation edged up with costs rising 2.5pc on the year, up from 2.3pc in July.
After a brief dip, clothes prices are also on the up, rising 0.3pc on the year as new autumn ranges are a little more expensive than 2017’s selection.
Rising inflation supports the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates from 0.5pc to 0.75pc, as officials warned gradual increases in rates are needed to help bring inflation to 2pc in the coming years.
Economists anticipate a slowdown in inflation as the effect of higher oil prices feeds through to businesses, but there are still risks to this forecast.
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Suren Thiru, of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “The strong growth in producer prices indicates that inflationary pressures further down the supply chain remain significant and could lift inflation higher in the coming months.
"However, the upward pressure on prices remains transitory, and inflation should resume its ease back towards target once the impact of the recent increase in oil prices drops out of the calculation.”
“The possibility of a disorderly Brexit is the key risk to the UK’s outlook for inflation as it could result in a substantial decline in sterling, which could significantly increase inflation and exacerbate the financial squeeze on consumers and businesses.”
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