CPI inflation remained unchanged during March at 2.3%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), staying above the Bank of England's 2% target.
Upward contributions came from food, alcohol and tobacco, clothing and footwear and miscellaneous goods and services.
Within goods and services, all categories made a positive contribution for the first time since June 2014, according to the ONS.
These gains were largely offset, however, by downward contributions from transport, particularly air fares and motor fuels.
This was partly due to the timing of Easter, which falls in mid-April this year rather than March and will therefore likely have a larger impact on next month's figures. In 2016, air fares rose by 22% in March compared to a fall of 3.9% this year.
Inflation has been steadily climbing since the end of 2015, when CPI was -0.1%. But commentators have suggested it is a 'bad' type of inflation, fuelled by currency weakness and rising commodity prices rather than rising wages like in the US.
Ian Kernohan, economist at Royal London Asset Management, said: "The later date of Easter this year will have held back prices in March, thanks to the lower air fares. However, while the impact of rising oil prices last year is now fading, the full impact of sterling's devaluation is still feeding through.
"We would expect the air fare effect to reverse next month, and CPI to move higher, further above the 2% target."
Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree, said: "It is worth remembering that CPI in the US is only just creeping up despite wages increasing in response to a stronger labour market. This is ‘good' inflation.
"In the UK, we have ‘bad' inflation, driven by a weaker pound and higher energy costs. Bigger bills will hit households' propensity to spend. Without a major shift in either sterling or oil, higher UK inflation looks unsustainable."
Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: "CPI is still above target but that is not going to prompt an interest rate rise any time soon. The inflation we have got at the moment is a bit peculiar, and is actually disinflationary because it stems from a weaker currency and higher commodity prices, without an accompanying rise in UK wages so far."
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