Year-on-year, prices rose at a slower pace for: Transport (2.2 percent from 7.2 percent in April); restaurants and hotels (1.8 percent from 2 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (0.5 percent from 1 percent); and miscellaneous goods and services (0.2 percent from 1.7 percent). By contrast, cost continued to drop for: Food and non-alcoholic beverages (-2.2 percent from -2.7 percent in April); recreation and culture (-1.7 percent from -2 percent); clothing and footwear (-5.4 percent from -4.3 percent); and furnishings and household equipment (-3.9 percent from -4.9 percent).
Annual core inflation rate, which excludes energy and unprocessed food, fell to a flat reading from 0.7 percent in April.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined by 0.2 percent, following a 0.4 percent rise in the previous month. The most significant monthly price changes were decreases in transport (-3.5 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (-0.3 percent). There were increases in communications (1.5 percent) and alcoholic beverages and tobacco (1.4 percent).
The harmonized index showed no growth compared to a year earlier and fell by 0.2 percent in the month.