Year-on-year, cost of food and beverages rose at a slower 5.83 percent (7.96 percent in July), provisional estimates showed. The food alone index also eased to 5.91 percent from 8.35 percent. Cost rose at a slower pace for pulses (22.01 percent compared to 27.53 percent in July) and vegetables (1.02 percent compared to 14.06 percent) but increased more for sugar (24.75 percent compared to 21.91 percent) and fruits (4.46 percent compared to 3.53 percent).
Cost of clothing and footwear went up 5.21 percent (5.23 percent in July); fuel and light rose 2.49 percent (2.75 percent) and housing prices increased 5.29 percent (5.42 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 5.87 percent and 4.22 percent (6.66 percent and 5.39 percent respectively in July).
A year ago, the inflation rate was lower at 3.74 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices were unchanged.