Year-on-year, prices advanced at a slower pace for housing and utilities (8.8 percent compared to 9.2 percent in August); clothing and footwear (15.8 percent compared to 15.9 percent); education (12.7 percent compared to 13.9 percent); alcoholic beverages, tobacco and kola (8.9 percent compared to 9.2 percent) and communication (2.8 percent compared to 2.9 percent). On the other hand, prices increased at a faster pace for food and non-alcoholic beverages (20.32 percent compared to 20.25 percent); transport (12 percent compared to 11.8 percent); furnishings and household equipment (13.4 percent compared to 13 percent); health (11.1 percent compared to 10.9 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (11.2 percent compared to 10.9 percent); restaurants and hotels (9.9 percent compared to 9.5 percent) and recreation and culture (10.1 percent compared to 10 percent).
Among food items, increases were mainly seen in prices of potatoes, yams and other tubers, milk cheese and eggs, bread and cereals, coffee tea and cocoa, soft drinks, fish, meat and oil and fats.
Annual core inflation which excludes prices of volatile agricultural products decreased to 12.12 percent from 12.30 percent in August.
On a monthly basis consumer prices rose 0.78 percent , following a 0.97 percent increase in August.