Food prices slowed to an annual 6.68 percent growth rate. Cost of onions eased to 46.80 percent from 78.24 percent in December; potatoes eased to 28.28 percent from 48.79 percent a month earlier and wheat decelerated to 17.83 percent (17.83 percent). Cost of tomatoes decreased 19.72 percent and sugar fell 2.50 percent.
The highest non-food price increases were recorded for postal services (23.74 percent), cosmetics (17.82 percent), electricity (15.82 percent), text books (15.60 percent), cotton cloth (13.39 percent) and woolen readymade garments (13.08 percent).
On a monthly basis, prices rose 0.49 percent in January, after falling 1.3 percent in the previous month. Cost of potatoes (-26.32 percent), onions (-23.92 percent), tomatoes (-12.00 percent), eggs (-8.77 percent), sugar (-4.06 percent) and tea (-3.58 percent) decreased.