New Delhi: Food inflation fell to a three-week low of 7.58 percent for the week ended July 9 on the back of cheaper pulse prices and a high base last year.

Food inflation, as measured by the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) stood at 8.31 percent in the previous week. It was as high as 19.52 percent in the corresponding week of July, 2010, suggesting a high base.

As per data released by the government on Thursday, prices of pulses went down by 7.67 percent on a year-on-year basis. However, prices of other food items continued to rise.

The data comes a day after the government said that pressure from headline inflation would remain till December on account of high international commodity prices.

Headline inflation stood at 9.44 percent in June. It has remained consistently above the 9 percent mark since December, 2010.

During the week ended July 9, onions became 19.68 percent more expensive on an annual basis while fruits grew dearer by 15.84 percent.

The price of milk was up 10.76 percent and eggs, meat and fish grew almost 8 percent more expensive.

Cereals and vegetables became dearer by 4.77 percent and 4.31 percent, respectively, year-on-year.

Inflation of overall primary articles stood at 11.13 percent during the week under review, down from 11.58 percent in the previous week. Primary articles have a share of over 20 per cent in the WPI.

Meanwhile, inflation of non-food articles was at 15.50 percent for the week ended July 9, compared to 15.20 percent in the previous week.

(Agencies)