Economists were pencilling in a drop to 2.9%.
Inflation has now held above the BoE's crucial 2.0-percent target level for 12 successive months.
'House price growth increased slightly, driven by rises in Scotland and the South West.
For the market to react strongly, he said, the number would have to be a major surprise and show areas where prices could rise persistently, not just one-off instances. ' However, figures pointing to sticky price growth may push Governor Mark Caney and Co.to prepare United Kingdom households and businesses for higher borrowing-costs as 't he Committee judges that, were the economy to evolve broadly in line with the February Inflation Report projections, monetary policy would need to be tightened somewhat earlier and by a somewhat greater extent over the forecast period than anticipated at the time of the November Report, in order to return inflation sustainably to the target.
"However, elevated fuel prices and the base effect will keep CPI inflation in the vicinity of 5% for the rest of the year till March", said Madan Sabnavis, chief economist at Care Ratings, adding that cooling food prices will have a calming effect on retail inflation.
The main upward pressure last month came from the cost of entrance fees to a range of recreational venues such as zoos and gardens, for which prices fell by less than they did a year ago. Diesel was up 1.5p to 125p a litre while unleaded petrol climbed 1.3p to 122p a litre, according to RAC Fuel Watch data.
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On the currency markets, the pound rose 0.5 per cent against the dollar after the ONS data.
The British Pound lost ground following the mixed data prints, with GBP/USD slipping below the 1.3750 region, but the move was short-lived as the pair ended the day at 1.3791. I do not expect a rate hike for the next five to six months.
The Consumer Price Index rose 0.5 percent last month against projections of a 0.3 percent increase.
The news comes less than one week after the Bank of England warned that it could lift interest rates more quickly than expected to help bring down inflation. Powell, speaking Tuesday at his ceremonial swearing-in, suggested that the central bank would push ahead with gradual interest-rate increases, and that officials "remain alert to any developing risks to financial stability".
Samuel Tombs, chief United Kingdom economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said that data was likely to show inflationary pressures easing: "CPI inflation still looks set to fall sharply this year, as the anniversaries of sharp sterling-related rises in core goods, food and energy prices are met".