British wages excluding bonuses rose by 7.3% in the three months to the end of October compared with the same period a year earlier, official data showed on Tuesday.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a 7.4% rise in the figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

The Bank of England is worried that pay growth in Britain is too high for it to bring inflation down to its 2% target. (Reporting by William Schomberg; Editing by Kate Holton)