Year-on-year, prices rose for food (+0.1 percent in February from +0.4 percent in the preceding month). While cost of fresh food remained unchanged (from +1.8 percent), other food products rose 0.1 percent (from +0.2 percent). Cost also increased for: tobacco (+0.3 percent from +0.3 percent) and services (+0.8 percent from +1.1 percent). In contrast, cost declined for energy (-6.8 percent from -3.8 percent) and manufactured products (-0.2 percent from -0.1 percent).
On a month-on-month basis, consumer prices are expected to rise 0.2 percent, following a 1.0 percent rise in a month earlier.
The harmonised index of consumer prices is set to fall 0.1 percent year-on-year in February 2016, following a 0.3 percent growth in January. On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined by 1.1 percent, the same pace as in the preceding month.