Year-on-year, upward prices pressure came from: food & non-alcoholic beverages (4.3 percent from 4.0 percent in January); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (0.2 percent from 0.2 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (2.2 percent from 1.9 percent); furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (1.5 percent from 1.5 percent), health (2.4 percent from 2.5 percent), transport (17.9 percent from 8.3 percent), recreation services & culture (3.1 percent from 3.3 percent), education (1.7 percent from 2.0 percent), restaurants & hotels (2.3 percent from 2.1 percent) and miscellaneous goods & services (1.4 percent from 1.4 percent). In contrast, downward prices pressure came from: clothing and footwear (-0.2 percent from -0.7 percent) and communication (-0.3 percent from -0.2 percent).
Among food & non-alcoholic beverages, customers had to pay more for all categories: food (4.5 percent from 4.1 percent); food at home (4.8 percent from 4.4 percent); rice, bread & other cereals (0.8 percent from 0.8 percent); meat (4.6 percent from 2.0 percent); fish & seafood (4.5 percent from 6.1 percent); milk & eggs (0.2 percent from 0.5 percent), oils & fats (38.3 percent from 37.9 percent), fruits (3.4 percent from 2.1 percent); vegetables (9.5 percent from 7.8 percent); sugar, jam, honey, chocolate & confectionary (0.4 percent from 0.4 percent); food products (5.3 percent from 5.4 percent), food away from home (4.1 percent from 3.6 percent). Meanwhile, prices of coffee, tea, cocoa & non-alcoholic beverages fell 0.2 percent (compared to a flat reading in January 2017).
Core consumer prices went up 2.5 percent year-on-year, following a 2.3 percent gain in the prior month and marking the highest figure in eleven months.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up by 1.3 percent in February, faster than a 1.1 percent rise in a month earlier. Prices rose for: food & non-alcoholic beverages & tobacco ( 1.2 percent); clothing and footwear (0.2 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (0.4 percent); furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance ( 0.4 percent), health (0.3 percent), transport (5.5 percent), recreation services & culture (0.4 percent), restaurants & hotels ( 0.6 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (1.4 percent). In contrast, cost fell forcommunication (-0.1 percent) and education (-0.2 percent). Cost was flat for alcoholic beverages & tobacco.