Year-on-year, housing, water, electricity and gas rose the most (6.6 percent), followed by restaurants and hotels (5.2 percent) and food and non-alcoholic beverages (4.9 percent). Additional upward pressures came from clothing and footwear (3.4 percent) and furnishing and household equipment (1.5 percent). Transport recorded the only decrease (-1.4 percent).
On a monthly basis, inflation was 1.6 percent, up from a 1 percent increase in January.
The annual inflation rate which excludes food and energy for the month of February has decreased to 2.7 percent from 2.8 percent recorded in December.