Year-on-year, the biggest upward pressure came from: transport (8.5 percent from 7.6 percent in January); food and non-alcoholic beverages (1.7 percent from 1 percent) and housing and utilities (5.9 percent from 7.4 percent). Prices also rose for: miscellaneous goods and services (1 percent from 1.4 percent); hotels, cafés and restaurants (1.3 percent from 1.2 percent); recreation and culture (1.3 percent from 0.9 percent); and clothing and footwear (0.9 percent, at the same pace as in January). Meanwhile, cost fell 0.4 percent for furnishings and household equipment (-0.2 percent in January).
Annual core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, was 1 percent, compared to a reading of 1.1 percent a month earlier.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.4 percent, following a 0.5 percent drop in January due to lower prices for clothing and footwear (-1.6 percent) and housing (-3 percent).
The EU-harmonised index rose by 3 percent on the year, but fell 0.3 percent on the month.