Prices of food and beverages declined 0.07 percent and the food index alone dropped 0.66 percent. Prices went down for vegetables (-7.69 percent), sugar and confectionery (-6.92 percent), fruits (-4.62 percent) and pulses and products (-3.82 percent) but rose sharply for meat and fish (5.92 percent).
Among non-food products, prices increased for miscellaneous (6.02 percent); pan, tobacco and intoxicants (5.49 percent); housing (5.1 percent); clothing and footwear (2.73 percent); and fuel and light (1.24 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas were 1.81 percent and 3.43 percent, compared with January's figures of 1.22 percent and 2.91 percent respectively.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.2 percent, after dropping a downwardly revised 0.14 percent in January.