Transports cost was 4.4 percent more expensive in February than in the same month a year earlier compared to 2.9 percent rise in January. Cost of fuel and lubricants edged up slightly for the first time in several months yet it was still 11 percent lower than a year earlier. Also, petrol prices went down 10.6 percent (-12.6 percent in January) while prices of diesel dropped 12.9 percent (-16.4 percent in January).
Year-on-year, cost of housing, water, electricity and water increased 2.5 percent, the same rate recorded last month. While downward pressures came mainly from gas (-3.1 percent) and electricity (-0.8 percent), cost of actual rent rose 4.3 percent.
Prices of food and non alcoholic beverages declined by 0.4 percent compared to 0.9 percent drop in January.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices accelerated 0.5 percent, after a 0.9 drop in the previous month.