Year-on-year, cost of food and beverages rose 2.54 percent (2.46 percent in February), provisional estimates showed. The food index alone rose 1.93 percent compared to 2.01 percent in the previous month. Prices increased less for sugar (17.05 percent from 18.83 percent in February) and meat and fish (2.96 percent from 3.5 percent) and fell more for pulses (-12.4 percent from -9 percent). In contrast, prices rose faster for fruits (9.35 percent from 8.33 percent) and fell less for vegetables (-7.24 percent -8.29 percent).
Inflation also increased for fuel and light (5.56 percent from 3.9 percent) and clothing and footwear (4.6 percent from 4.38 percent) but was nearly flat for housing (4.96 percent from 4.9 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 3.75 percent and 3.88 percent (3.67 percent and 3.55 percent respectively in February).