Year-on-year, prices rose less for housing and utilities (9.56 percent compared to 10.93 percent in June); transport (11.74 percent compared to 12.24 percent); education (14.99 percent compared to 16.04 percent) and alcoholic beverages and tobacco (9.5 percent compared to 9.89 percent). On the other hand, inflation rose for food (20.28 percent compared to 19.91 percent), mainly due to higher prices of bread and cereals, meat, fish, oils and fats, coffee, tea and cocoa, potatoes yam and other tubers and vegetables. Additional upward pressure came from cost of clothing and footwear (15.77 percent compared to 15.71 percent); furnishings and household equipment maintenance (12.27 percent compared to 11.25 percent); health (10.29 percent compared to 9.41 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (10.43 percent compared to 10.29 percent) and restaurants and hotels (8.77 percent compared to 8.02 percent).
Annual core inflation which excludes prices of volatile agricultural products eased to 12.21 percent from 12.46 percent in June.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 1.21 percent, below 1.58 percent in June.