At least some Britons are braving restrictions to head back to the shops.
But they may be in for an unpleasant surprise.
New data Wednesday (August 19) showed the country facing a surprise burst of inflation.
The annual rate jumped to 1 percent in July, up from 0.6 percent the month before.
Economists polled by Reuters had predicted no change.
Clothing and footwear prices were the biggest contributors to the rise.
It seems retailers refrained from the usual summer discounting.
The Office for National Statistics said higher prices for petrol, haircuts, dentistry and physiotherapy were also factors.
Core inflation - which excludes volatile items like food - jumped to a one-year high of 1.8 percent.
Economists had forecast a fall, while the rise may also surprise the Bank of England.
Earlier this month it predicted that inflation would briefly turn negative in the near term.
Now any surge in prices will be bad news for consumers already struggling with furloughs and job losses.