New Delhi: Retail inflation jumped to five-month high of 3.81 percent in March on costlier protein items, edible oils and non-food products like fuel and light.
Inflation based on Consumer Price Index (CPI) was at 3.65 percent in February.
Protein rich items such as milk and dairy products and eggs were costlier during the month with inflation prints of 5.13 percent and 2.96 percent respectively.
Prepared meals, snacks and sweets prices were also high as prices grew by 6.13 percent.
However, vegetables continued to remain in the negative zone with deflation of (-)8.57 per cent in March 2017, as per the data from the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Overall, food inflation was at 1.85 percent as against 2.01 percent in February.
For fuel and light category, inflation rose to 5.75 percent for the month.