Year-on-year, cost of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels increased by 3.01 percent against a 2.66 percent growth in August. In addition, prices of clothing and footwear (+4.88 percent from +4.76 percent in August); furnishings and household equipment (+4.42 percent from +4.10 percent); and hotels and restaurants (+5.48 percent from +5.03 percent) rose at a faster pace. Food inflation eased to 7-month low of 9.81 percent from 9.93 percent in the previous month. By contrast, downward pressure came from transport cost (-1.38 percent from -1.79 percent in August).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose by 0.48 percent, following a 0.21 percent increase in the previous month, as food and non-alcoholic beverages’ prices went up by 0.04 percent after falling 0.26 percent in August. By contrast, prices of housing and utilities dropped by 0.18 percent (+0.76 percent in the previous month).