The largest upward impacts to euro area annual inflation came from restaurants and cafes (+0.13 percentage points), rents (+0.08 pp) and fruit (+0.06 pp), while fuels for transport (-0.49 pp), heating oil (-0.24 pp) and gas (-0.10 pp) had the biggest downward impacts.
European Union annual inflation was -0.2 percent, also down from 0.3 percent in January. Negative annual rates were observed in fifteen Member States. The lowest were registered in Cyprus (-2.2 percent) and Romania (-2.1 percent) while the highest were recorded in Belgium (1.1 percent), Austria and Malta (both 1.0 percent). Compared with January 2016, annual inflation fell in twenty Member States, remained stable in one and rose in six.
Core inflation rate which excludes prices of energy, food, alcohol and tobacco slowed to 0.8 percent compared to 1 percent in the previous month and preliminary estimates of 0.7 percent.