New Delhi: Food inflation fell to 8.84 percent in the week ended September 10 from 9.47 percent in the previous week, but provided no relief to the common man as prices of key commodities continued to rule high.

Prices of most commodities, barring wheat, continued to remain firm on an annual basis, as per Wholesale Price Index (WPI) data released by the government on Thursday.

According to experts, the fall in inflation on a weekly basis is on account of statistical reasons, called as "high base effect". Food inflation was above 16 percent in the corresponding period last year.

As per the data, wheat prices during the week were down 2.72 percent year-on-year.

However, onions became more expensive by 29 percent and potatoes 13.78 percent. Overall, vegetables became 12.13 percent dearer.

Milk prices, too, were up by 10.38 percent, while fruits grew dearer by 17.67 percent and eggs, meat and fish prices rose by 9.28 percent year-on-year.

Overall, inflation in primary articles stood at 12.17 percent for the week ending September 10, compared to 13.04 percent in the previous week. Primary articles constitute over 20 percent of the WPI basket.

Non-food articles, which include fibres, oil seeds and minerals, recorded 17.42 percent inflation during the week ended September 10, up from 18.49 percent in the previous week, ended September 3.

Meanwhile, inflation in the fuel and power segment went up to 13.96 percent during the week ended September 10 from 13.01 percent in the previous seven-day period.

Experts are of the view that despite the latest fall, pressure on the food price front will continue to keep the government and the Reserve Bank on their toes.

Headline inflation, which factors in manufactured items, fuels and non-food primary items, in addition to food commodities, stood at a 13-month high of 9.78 percent in August.

The Reserve Bank has already hiked policy rates 12 times since March, 2010, to tame demand and curb inflation.

(Agencies)