On an annual basis, petrol prices increased 11 percent. Also rising were cigarettes and tobacco (up 9.4 percent), housing rentals (up 2.0 percent), second-hand cars (up 5.1 percent), and local authority rates (up 4.6 percent).
The consumers price index (CPI) fell 0.3 percent for the December 2011 quarter due to 25 percent decrease in vegetable prices.
The larger-than-usual fall for vegetables reflects a supply shortage in the three months to September.Prices were also lower for telecommunication services, furniture, kitchenware, and appliances. These falls were partly countered by rises in international air fares and petrol.