Year-on-year, cost of food and beverages rose 5.52 percent (6.66 percent in January), provisional estimates showed. The food alone index rose at a slower 5.3 percent compared to 6.85 percent in the previous month. The biggest rise came from pulses (up 38.3 percent from 43.32 percent in the previous month), followed by spices (9.87 percent from 10.56 percent in the previous month) and meat and fish (7.27 percent from 8.23 percent in the previous month). Prices of vegetables rose a meager 0.7 percent (6.39 percent in the previous month) while fruits went down 0.72 percent (-0.24 percent in the previous month).
Cost of clothing and footwear went up 5.52 percent year-on-year (5.71 percent in January); fuel and light rose 4.59 percent (5.32 percent in January); and housing prices increased 5.33 percent (5.26 percent in December).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 5.97 percent and 4.3 percent.
A year ago, the inflation rate was 5.37 percent.