Year-on-year, prices slowed primarily for housing & utilities (6.3 percent vs 8.1 percent in July) and transport (2.7 percent vs 4.1 percent). Also, cost rose less for furnishings (3.7 percent vs 3.9 percent); communication (0.7 percent vs 1.1 percent); restaurants & hotels (4.6 percent vs 4.7 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (2.1 percent vs 3.6 percent) and health (1.4 percent vs 2.2 percent). At the same time, inflation remained steady for miscellaneous goods & services (at 2.5 percent) and education (at 1.6 percent).
On the other hand, cost advanced at a faster pace for food & non-alcoholic beverages (3.7 percent vs 2.9 percent); clothing & footwear (2.9 percent vs 2.7 percent) and recreation & culture (1.8 percent vs 1.6 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices decreased 0.5 percent, after falling 0.4 percent in the preceding month, attributable to both food and non-food items. Some food items that contributed to such a decrease were: sardines (-1.0 percent); fruits (-3.7 percent); vegetables (-2.9 percent); lentils (-4.1 percent); potatoes (-6.2 percent) and cooking bananas (-4 percent). On the other hand, non-food items that contributed to the decline included charcoal (-1.1 percent); diesel (-4.2 percent) and petrol (-6.1 percent).
Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, fell further to 2.9 percent in August from 3.1 percent in July, reaching its lowest since last November.