The retail inflation as measured by Consumer Price Index was 5.37 percent in February, and 5.19 percent in January. It was 8.25 percent in March last year.
The easing prices of milk, vegetables and fruits brought down the overall food inflation to 6.14 percent in March, from 6.79 percent recorded in February.
Inflation declined for 'cereals and products', although it was up in the case of protein rich items like 'meat and fish', as per the government data released on Monday.
The rate of price rise in the food and beverages segment as a whole was 6.2 percent in March, lower than 6.76 percent in the previous month.
The CPI-based retail inflation has been calculated with a new base year of 2012.
Inflation in the fuel and light segment was 5.07 percent last month, up from 4.72 percent in February.
In the housing segment, inflation was 4.77 percent last month, as compared to 4.98 percent.
For the rural segment, the overall retail inflation was 5.58 percent in March and 4.75 percent for urban centres.
To calculate the CPI, price data are collected from selected towns by the field operations division of NSSO and from selected villages by the Department of Posts.

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