Year-on-year, cost of food and beverages rose 7.96 percent (7.38 percent in June), provisional estimates showed. The food alone index accelerated to 8.35 percent compared to 7.79 percent in the previous month. The biggest rise came from pulses (up 27.53 percent from 26.86 percent in the previous month), followed by sugar (21.91 percent from 16.79 percent) and vegetables (14.06 percent from 14.74 percent). Prices of fruits went up 3.53 percent, from 2.64 percent in the previous month.
Cost of clothing and footwear increased 5.23 percent year-on-year (5.01 percent in June); fuel and light rose 2.75 percent (2.92 percent); and housing prices went up 5.42 percent (5.46 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 6.66 percent and 5.39 percent (6.29 percent and 5.26 percent respectively in June).
A year ago, the inflation rate was lower at 3.69 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.77 percent.