Year-on-year, prices went up at a slower pace for food and non-alcoholic beverages (11.6 percent vs 11.8 percent in April); transport (1.3 percent vs 1.9 percent), housing and utilities (4.6 percent vs 5.8 percent); clothing and footwear (3.7 percent vs 3.9 percent); alcoholic beverages and tobacco (3 percent vs 3.5 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (4 percent vs 4.3 percent) and recreation and culture (1.2 percent vs 1.3 percent). Also, cost of communication dropped further (-0.8 percent vs -0.5 percent).In contrast, prices rose faster for furnishings (3.2 percent vs 3.1 percent), restaurants and hotels (0.9 percent vs 0.8 percent) and health (2.9 percent vs 2.5 percent).
Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy increased 2.2 percent from 2.3 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.2 percent, compared to a 0.5 percent rise in April, partly derived from a 0.3 percent increase in cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages, of which maize flour (4.2 percent), green beans husked (2.9 percent), soya beans (2.2 percent), sorghum flour (1.5 percent), potatoes (2 percent), cassava (2.3 percent) and cocoyam (5.7 percent). Additional upward pressure came from clothing and footwear (0.4 percent) and housing, utilities and other fuel (0.7 percent), namely charcoal (0.6 percent).