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House prices rose in February at the slowest rate since September 2012 while in London house prices fell, the Office for National Statistics said. Average house prices increased by 0.6% in the year to February 2019 but fell by 3.8% in London. The ONS said inflation was stable at 1.9% in March as a rise in fuel prices from February was offset by falls in food prices. The figures ease pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates. The Bank of England targets inflation - the rate of price increases - at 2%. The ONS said there had been a slowdown in house price growth over the past two years. The average UK house price was £226,000 in February, £1,000 higher than a year ago. The fal... Full story

17 April