The largest upward impacts to euro area annual inflation came from restaurants & cafés (+0.12 percentage points), rents (+0.11 pp) and tobacco (+0.07 pp), while fuels for transport (-0.64 pp), heating oil (-0.19 pp) and telecommunications (-0.06 pp) had the biggest downward impacts.
Core inflation rate, which excludes energy, food, alcohol & tobacco rose 0.7 percent, compared to 0.6 percent in January.
In the European Union the inflation rate was -0.2 percent. In February 2015, negative annual rates were observed in twenty Member States. The lowest annual rates were registered in Greece (-1.9 percent), Bulgaria (-1.7 percent) and Lithuania (-1.5 percent). Positive annual rates were recorded in Sweden (0.7 percent), Malta (0.6 percent), Austria (0.5 percent), Romania (0.4 percent) and Italy (0.1 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices in the Euro Area increased 0.6 percent.