Prices of food and beverages declined 1.29 percent and the food index alone dropped 2.17 percent. Prices went down for vegetables (-13.32 percent), sugar and confectionery (-8.16 percent), pulses and products (-5.5 percent), fruits (-4.18 percent) and eggs (-2.44 percent).
Among non-food products, prices increased for miscellaneous (6.04 percent); pan, tobacco and intoxicants (5.62 percent); housing (5.2 percent); clothing and footwear (2.95 percent); and fuel and light (2.2 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas were 1.29 percent and 2.91 percent, compared with December's figures of 1.5 percent and 2.91 percent respectively.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.29 percent, after dropping an upwardly revised 0.49 percent in December, the biggest monthly decline in two years.