Upward pressures came from prices of alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+8.1 percent) and services (+2.1 percent). Contrarily, prices declined for household energy (-10.3 percent), motor fuels (-1.5 percent), durable consumer goods (-0.6 percent), clothing and footwear (-0.2 percent).
Monthly inflation was recorded at 0.1 percent, slowing from 0.3 percent in the previous month, as prices of food and durable goods decelerated to 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively. Cost of electricity, gas and other fuels remained unchanged.
Core inflation, which excludes food and fuel, rose to 2.8 percent in February, compared with 3.4 percent in January.