UK inflation rose to 1.2% in November, a two-year high, following a surprise fall in October, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The figure is a rise following the unexpected fall in October to 0.9% which was due to lower clothing prices and university tuition fees which drove down the overall figure, despite uplifts from higher petrol prices.
November's figure is the highest level since October 2014 when the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was 1.3%.
Last month's figures saw upward pressures in clothing and motor fuel prices, although these were offset by falls in air and sea fares.
Prices of clothing and footwear increased by 1.6% during the month, the largest monthly move since 2010, while petrol prices rose by 1.6 pence per litre between October and November.
The ONS acknowledged part of the increase in oil prices during 2016 to date could be explained by depreciation of sterling against the US dollar.
The rise was faster than expected as analysts had previously forecast inflation would be 1.1%.
Ruth Gregory, UK economist at Capital Economics, said: "While it will take some time before we see the full effects of sterling's depreciation on consumer prices, the breakdown showed that components that typically respond more quickly to exchange rate movements, such as petrol and food prices, were a major upward influence on inflation.
"We think that CPI inflation will breach the 2% target in spring 2017, peaking at just under 3% in early 2018 once the indirect effects of sterling's fall has had time to feed through."
Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "Sterling weakness continues to raise the cost of inputs for UK businesses, and there are signs these cost increases are slowly being passed on to consumers. This in turn could hit consumer spending, which has so far held up well despite Brexit-related uncertainty.
"However, the effect of the weak pound, assuming it does not fall much further, is a one-off factor which will fall out of the figures in due course."
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