Year-on-year, prices rose faster for: Housing and utilities (4.9 percent from 4.5 percent in August), mainly boosted by cost of actual rentals for housing (5.7 percent from 5 percent) and that of owners equivalent rent (5.4 percent from 4.9 percent); transport (5.6 percent from 3.9 percent), due to higher cost of fuel (12.2 percent compared to 5.7 percent) and private transport operation (10.2 percent from 5.2 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (7.6 percent from 7.5 percent); alcoholic beverages and tobacco (4.7 percent from 4.3 percent); household contents and equipment (2.1 percent from 2 percent); and health (7.2 percent from 7 percent). Meanwhile, inflation eased for: Food and non-alcoholic beverages (5.5 percent from 5.7 percent in August); clothing and footwear (2.3 percent from 2.8 percent); recreation and culture (2.2 percent from 2.4 percent); and restaurants and hotels (3.4 percent from 4.2 percent). Prices of communication continued to fall (-1.4 percent from -1.3 percent in August).
Annual core inflation rate, which excludes cost of food, non-alcoholic beverages, fuel and energy stood at 4.6 percent, unchanged from the previous month's five-year low and above market consensus of 4.5 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.5 percent, beating expectations of 0.3 percent.