The National Statistics office have confirmed that inflation has declined for the fourth consecutive month, however prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages have risen by 21.5%.
The decline in inflation in February, to 8.2%, marks the fourth consecutive month of inflation slowing down, but, as the statistical office's quick estimate already indicates, food prices have risen again!
Unprocessed food products rose by 20.1% (18.5% in the previous month), thus reaching the highest rate since May 1990. On the other hand, energy prices continue to slow down, decreasing for the fourth consecutive month, to 1.9% (7.1% in the previous month).
Looking at the various contributions to the general inflation rate, the most expressive was the class of food and non-alcoholic beverages, which recorded a year-on-year change of 21.5% (20.6% in the previous month), the highest value since May 1985.