MOSCOW, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s consumer inflation rate picked up the pace of 0.2% from February 4 through February 10, 2014, the Russian State Statistics Service says in its regular report, adding that the indicator has gone up by 0.3% since the beginning of February and grown by 0.9% since the beginning of the year.
Over the same period of the preceding year, consumer prices gained 0.2% on February 1-10, as well as had grown by 1.2% since January 1, 2013. In February 2013, the country’s inflation was estimated at 0.6%.
February 4 - February 10, the biggest growth of prices was registered for vodka (1.2%), the statistics said, adding that prices for frozen fish, milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, butter and granulated sugar edged up by 0.4-0.8%.
Simultaneously, average prices of eggs continued decreasing and dropped by 2.9% over the week. In addition, the prices of buckwheat went down by 0.4%, while prices of sunflower oil slid down by 0.2%.
In the period under review, prices of fruit and vegetables increased by 1.6% on average across the country, while the prices of cabbages went up by 4.2% and the prices of cucumbers, carrots, potatoes, and onions grew by 2.1-3.9%.
In the designated period, the Russian State Statistics Service registered 0.2% growth in the petrol prices, but no changes in the average prices of diesel fuel.