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February Retail Inflation Rises to 3.65 Percent

Prices of sugar and confectionery items rose by 18.83 per cent in February while inflation in milk and milk product increased by 4.22 per cent

Press Trust Of India

Updated:March 14, 2017, 7:33 PM IST
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February Retail Inflation Rises to 3.65 Percent
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New Delhi: Retail crose to 4-month high of 3.65 per cent in February mainly due to surge in price of food items like fruits, sugar and confectionery

Measured in terms of Consumer Price Index (CPI), the inflation had dipped to a multi-year low of 3.17 per cent in January this year on account of cash crunch following demonetisation. It was 5.26 per cent in February last year

According to the CPI data released on Tuesday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the consumer food prices index (CFPI) rose by 2.01 per cent in February from 0.61 per cent in January. The CFPI was 5.3 per cent in February 2016

Inflation in fruits was higher at 8.33 per cent, fuel and light at 3.9 per cent in February. The rate of price rise in meat and fish was 3.5 per cent in February

Prices of sugar and confectionery items rose by 18.83 per cent in February while inflation in milk and milk product increased by 4.22 per cent

The rate of inflation in household goods and services was 4.09 per cent while this rate was in health segment was 4 per cent. The transport and communication became expensive by 5.39 per cent

The personal care and effects segment rose by 5.15 per cent while the education became more expensive by 5.37 per cent in February this year

The inflation rate was 4.38 per cent in clothing and footware segment while it was 4.9 per cent in housing segment

However, the prices of vegetables and pulses declined by 8.29 per cent and 9.02 per cent respectively

Rural retail inflation was at 3.67 per cent in February compared with 3.36 per cent in the preceding month. The CPI was also up in the urban sector at 3.55 per cent in February, from 2.9 per cent in January this year.

| Edited by: Nakshab Khan
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