Food inflation slowed to 12.85 percent in July, also the lowest since March 2016, from 12.98 percent in the previous month.
Also, prices increased at a softer pace for: clothing & footwear (10.57 percent vs 11.02 percent); furnishings & household equipment maintenance (10.66 percent vs 11.22 percent); health (9.94 percent vs 10.45 percent); restaurants & hotels (9.63 percent vs 10.19 percent); and miscellaneous goods & services (10.29 percent vs 10.30 percent). Meanwhile, inflation picked up for housing & utilities (7.27 percent vs 7.05 percent); transport (10.92 percent vs 10.88 percent); education (9.89 percent vs 9.73 percent); recreation & culture (8.28 percent vs 8.05 percent); communication (5.87 percent vs 5.43 percent).
Annual core inflation which excludes price of volatile agricultural products fell to 10.18 percent in July from 10.39 percent in the previous month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 1.1 percent in July, following a 1.2 percent gain in June.