New Delhi: Food inflation fell to a nearly four-year low of 4.35 percent during the week ended December 3, reflecting a decline in prices of essential items like vegetables, onions, potatoes and wheat.
    
This is the lowest rate of food inflation since the week ended February 23, 2008, when it stood at 4.28 percent.
    
Food inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), stood at 6.6 percent in the previous week. It was recorded at 10.78 percent in the corresponding period last year.
    
Experts feel the moderation in the rate of price rise of food items below the psychological 5 percent-mark will bring relief to the government, which has been battling high inflation for almost two years now.
    
According to data released by the government on Thursday, onions became cheaper by 46.03 percent year-on-year during the week under review, while potato prices were down by 33.28 percent. Prices of wheat also fell by 4.43 percent.
    
Overall, vegetables became cheaper by 12.28 percent.
    
However, other food products grew more expensive on an annual basis, led by protein-based items.
    
Pulses became 11.76 percent costlier during the week under review, while milk grew dearer by 11.08 percent and eggs, meat and fish by 9.26 percent.
    
Fruits also became 9.37 percent more expensive on an annual basis, while cereal prices were up by 1.85 percent.
    
Inflation in the overall primary articles category stood at 5.48 percent during the week ended December 3, as against 6.92 percent in the previous week. Primary articles have over 20 percent weight in the wholesale price index.

(Agencies)