The retail inflation measured in terms of Consumer Price Index (CPI) was at 5.01 percent in May. The rate of price rise was at 6.77 percent in June last year. Prices of pulses rose by 22.24 percent in June over the same month last year, as per the data released by Central Statistics Office (CSO) today.

The overall food inflation also increased to 5.48 percent during the month under review, from 4.8 percent in May. However, it was lower than food inflation of 7.21 percent in June last year. The inflation for fruit and vegetables was 3.51 percent and 5.37 percent, respectively, in June.

Among others, milk and its products were costlier by 7.18 percent in June over the same month last year. Prices of protein-rich items such as 'meat and fish' rose by 6.99 percent, while spices turned costlier by 9.71 percent in the month.

Prices of prepared snacks and meals rose by 7.84 percent, clothing and footwear category by 6.34 percent, housing by 4.48 percent and fuel and light by 5.92 percent.

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