Year-on-year, prices increased for: food and non-alcoholic beverages (+2.2 percent in May from +0.5 percent in April); clothing and footwear (+1.5 percent from +1.3 percent); furnishing, household equipment & routine maintenance (+2.7 percent from +2.5 percent) and education (1.7 percent from +1.6 percent). In contrast, prices declined for: housing & utilities (-1.2 percent from -0.4 percent); transport (-8.8 percent from -9.5 percent) and recreation and culture (-1.1 percent from -0.8 percent).
While prices remained stable for restaurants and hotels (+2.4 percent) and communication (-0.3 percent), cost moderated for health (+1.1 percent from +1.2 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (+2.5 percent from +2.8 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.3 percent, as compared to a 0.1 percent in April.
Annual core inflation, which strips out volatile energy and food prices, inched up 2.1 percent from 2.0 percent in the previous month.