Prices went up at a faster pace for food and beverages (1.96 percent compared to 0.43 percent in July). The food index alone jumped 1.52 percent, recovering from a 0.29 percent drop in July. Prices surged for vegetables (6.16 percent compared to -3.57 percent) and fruits (5.29 percent compared to 2.83 percent) while cost of pulses fell slightly less (-24.43 percent compared to -24.75 percent). In addition, prices went up faster for housing (5.58 percent from 4.98 percent); fuel and light (4.94 percent compared to 4.86 percent in July) and clothing and footwear (4.58 percent compared to 4.22 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 3.3 percent and 3.35 percent (2.41 percent and 2.17 percent respectively in July).