New Delhi: Food inflation in the country fell to a seven-week low of 7.61 percent for the week ended June 25 on the back of cheaper vegetables, pulses and potatoes.

Food inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at 7.78 percent during the previous week. It was almost 20 percent during the comparable period of June, 2010.

As per data released by the government on Thursday, pulses became over 9 percent cheaper year-on-year during the period under review.

Prices of vegetables also came down by 8.74 percent, while potatoes became 2.13 percent cheaper on an annual basis. However, prices of other food items remained high during the week.

Fruits became 22.75 percent more expensive, while onions became dearer by 21.24 percent year-on-year.

Headline inflation in the country stood at 9.06 percent in May. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had on Wednesday cautioned against the "suppressed component" of inflation.

"There is a significant suppressed component of inflation as the increase in international crude oil prices has not been passed on completely despite increase in domestic administered oil prices affected in June, 2010, and June, 2011," he said.

Meanwhile, inflation in overall primary articles stood at 11.56 percent for the week ended June 25, down from 11.84 percent in the previous week. Primary articles have a share of over 20 percent in the WPI basket.

However, the hike in prices of diesel, cooking gas and kerosene announced on June 24 week by the government is yet to be reflected in these numbers.

The only exception was LPG, which became dearer by 14.58 percent. The inflation index for LPG stood at 11.31 percent during last few weeks.

Fuel and power became more expensive by 12.67 percent year-on-year.

The RBI had said that headline inflation in the next few months would be driven more by high global commodity prices, rather than prices of food items, as was the case in 2010.

Food inflation was in double digits for most of 2010, before showing signs of moderation since March this year.

The fall in food inflation numbers is likely to come as a relief to the government, which had to deal with a series of bad news during recent weeks on the economic front.

(Agencies)