The slowdown in annual inflation was mainly explained by food and non-alcoholic beverages, which rose at a slower 2.9 percent year-on-year following a 5.3 percent increase in the previous month. Inflation also eased for recreation and culture (1.1 percent from 2.4 percent in January); education (1.3 percent from 1.4 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (3.1 percent from 3.3 percent); and clothing & footwear (1.1 percent from 1.3 percent).
In contrast, prices rose at a faster pace in transport (6 percent from 3.8 percent in January); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (1.4 percent from 0.8 percent); and restaurants & hotels (2.3 percent from 2.2 percent).
Inflation in communication remained at 0.8 percent in February, while prices of furnishings, household equipment & routine maintenance (+0.4 percent from -0.3 percent in January) and housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (0.0 percent from -0.3 percent) left the deflationary zone.
On a monthly basis, inflation eased to 0.3 percent from 0.9 percent in January.