February's consumer price index gained 0.5% from January and was 1.2% higher compared with the year-earlier month, Destatis said Thursday.
The tame annual inflation reading was due primarily to a 2.7% drop in household energy prices, which was offset by a 3.5% jump in food prices, according to the preliminary data. Prices for services rose 1.8% from February last year.
On an European Union-harmonized basis, Germany's inflation rate was up 0.5% from January and rose 1% from the year-earlier month.
The European Central Bank defines price stability as an annual average inflation rate of just below 2% over the medium term. ECB President Mario Draghi will hold the bank's next policy briefing on March 6, following a meeting of the governing council.
Over the weekend, Mr. Draghi emphasized the importance of the next meeting, saying the ECB by then will have "the full set of information needed for us to decide whether to act or not," speaking at a meeting of global financial leaders in Sydney.