In February, prices of food increased by 3 percent year-on-year, following a 3.2 percent rise in January, namely fresh food (12.4 percent from 12.5 percent), fish and seafood (4.3 percent from 5.2 percent) and fresh fruits (5.9 percent from 4.4 percent). Meantime, prices fell for dairy product and eggs (-0.3 percent from a flat reading in a month earlier).
In addition, cost went up at a faster pace for: medical care (1.8 percent from 1.6 percent); transport & communication (1.5 percent from 0.7 percent); culture and recreation (1.3 percent from 0.5 percent) and miscellaneous (0.6 percent from 0.5 percent). At the same time, cost increased less for clothes and footwear (0.3 percent from 0.5 percent) and fuel, light and water charges (4.3 percent from 4.6 percent, as cost of electricity went up 5.8 percent, after a 6.4 percent rise in the prior month). Inflation was steady for education (0.4 percent).
On the other hand, prices continued to fall for housing (-0.1 percent from -0.1 percent) and furniture and household utensils (-1.7 percent from -1.2 percent)
Core inflation rate, which exclude fresh food, rose by 1 percent from a year earlier and matching expectations. It is the highest level since March of 2015.