New Delhi, Sep 12 - A rise in food prices pushed India's annual retail inflation higher in August, official data showed.
According to the data furnished by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, August's consumer price index (CPI) inflation shot-up a full one percentage point to 3.36% from a rise of 2.36% in July.
On a sequential basis, the country's Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) rose to 1.52% during the month under review when compared to July 2017.
However, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the country's August retail inflation was lower than the 5.05% CPI rate reported for the corresponding month of last year.
The YoY CPI in urban areas ruled higher at 3.35%, whereas in rural India it rose by 3.30%.
As per the ministry's data, retail inflation on a YoY basis edged higher due to a rise in the prices of food items like vegetables, cereals, milk-based products, meat and fish.
The data on a YoY basis showed that vegetables in August became costly by 6.16%, while cereals prices rose by 3.87%.
Other notable categories such as milk-based products became dearer by 3.58% and meat and fish recorded a rise of 2.94%.
Food and beverages during the month under consideration recorded a rise of 1.96% over the same month last year.
Among non-food categories, the "fuel and light" segment's inflation rate accelerated to 4.94% in August.