Year-on-year, upward pressure came from: Energy (4.8 percent from 1.9 percent in July); food (0.6 percent from 0.7 percent), of which other food (0.8 percent, the same as in July) and fresh food (-0.8 percent from 0.4 percent); tobacco (2.4 percent, the same as in July); and services (1.2 percent from 1 percent). In contrast, prices of manufactured products fell 0.7 percent, after a 0.4 percent decline in July.
Annual core inflation, which excludes public sector prices, the most volatile consumer prices and the tax measures, stood at 0.5 percent, unchanged from July.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.5 percent, following a 0.3 percent fall in July and also in line with earlier estimates. The rebound in prices was driven by a rise in manufactured product prices (1.1 percent), and also from an upturn in energy prices (1.2 percent). Contrariwise, services price inflation slowed down sharply to 0.3 percent, due to a seasonal downturn in airfares and a slowdown in those of accommodation services. Food prices were unchanged.
The harmonised index of consumer prices rose by 1 percent from the previous year and by 0.6 month-over-month.