Food inflation measured on Consumer Food Price Index during the month of July 2015 fell to 2.15 percent as against 5.48 percent recorded in June 2015, the official data released today showed.

Prices of vegetables fell sharply during the month from a year ago, with inflation printing a negative 7.93 per cent. Fruits also turned cheaper by 1.45 percent during the month compared to the same month last year.

However, prices of protein-rich items such as pulses remained higher as inflation rose to 22.88 percent. Also, meat and fish prices turned costly by 7.02 pe cent.  Inflation in cereals and products was at 1.06 percent, eggs at 2.8 percent, milk and products at 6.12 percent and
that for oils and fats was at 2.78 percent in July 2015.

Among others, sugar and confectionery prices contracted by 12.30 percent. Spices prices rose by 9.09 percent, non-alcoholic beverages by 4.44 percent, prepared meals, snacks and sweets by 7.7 percent while that for food and beverages category by 2.89 percent.

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