Year-on-year, prices increased at a faster pace for transport (2.4 percent from 2 percent) and miscellaneous goods (3.6 percent from 2.3 percent). Housing rose 0.3 percent (the same as in December) and food went up at a slower pace (2.8 percent from 3.1 percent).
By contrast, cost fell for electricity, gas and water (-7.6 percent from -0.3 percent in December), clothing and footwear ( -2.9 percent from -0.3 percent), and durable goods (-3.9 percent from -5.2 percent).
Meanwhile, underlying consumer prices, which exclude the effects of one-off government relief measures went up 2.1 percent compared to 2 percent in December mainly due to higher charges for package tours around Lunar New Year.
Inflationary pressures are expected be contained in the near term given the soft import prices and moderate local cost increases, a government spokesman commented.