This balances out a 1.3 percent rise in January and a 0.3 percent rise in December.
“Lower prices for fruit, vegetables, and meat this month were partly countered by higher prices for sweets, energy drinks, and soft drinks,” prices manager Chris Pike said.
Fruit and vegetable prices fell by 2.4 percent, influenced by seasonal price falls. The main downward contributions came from apples and tomatoes, partly countered by higher prices for strawberries. Apple prices have fallen 23 percent from a peak in January, but are still 25 percent higher than a year earlier. New season apples arrived later than usual in January, and in smaller volumes, due to adverse weather conditions in spring.
The price of meat in general has fallen, with beef and chicken prices having peaked in January 2015 and December 2014 respectively.
Grocery food prices fell 0.6 percent, with lower prices for snack foods, yoghurt, chocolate, and bread. These falls were partly countered by higher prices for sweets (excluding boxed chocolates).
Prices for non-alcoholic beverages rose 1.1 percent, reflecting less discounting on energy drinks, soft drinks, and packaged coffee.