Year-on-year, cost of food and beverages rose 2.46 percent (1.29 percent in January), provisional estimates showed. The food index alone rose 2.01 percent compared to 0.53 percent in the previous month. Prices increased more for sugar (18.83 percent from 18.69 percent in January) and fruit (8.33 percent compared to 5.81 percent) and fell less for vegetables (-8.29 percent compared to -15.62 percent).
Inflation also increased for fuel and light (3.9 percent from 3.42 percent) but slowed slightly for housing (4.9 percent from 5.02 percent) and clothing and footwear (4.38 percent from 4.71 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 3.67 percent and 3.55 percent (3.36 percent and 2.9 percent respectively in January).