Cost went up at a slower pace for food and beverages (3.01 percent from 3.38 percent in February). The food index alone rose 2.81 percent, below 3.26 percent in the previous month. Inflation eased for vegetables (11.7 percent from 17.57 percent) but went up for fruits (5.78 percent from 4.8 percent) and prices of pulses fell slightly less (-13.41 percent from -17.35 percent). Inflation was also lower for fuel and light (5.73 percent from 6.8 percent) and clothing and footwear (4.91 percent from 5 percent) but was slightly higher for housing (8.31 percent from 8.28 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 4.44 percent and 4.12 percent (4.45 percent and 4.52 percent respectively in February).