In October, prices of food declined by 1.3 percent year-on-year (after a 1.0 percent rise in September), namely, fresh food (-12.1 percent from 1.2 percent), fish and seafood (5.3 percent from 5.6 percent) and fresh fruits (-5.4 percent from 3.6 percent). Also, prices fell at a faster rate for dairy product and eggs (--0.5 percent from -0.4 percent).
Meantime, prices increased less for medical care (1.6 percent from 1.8 percent), while went up at a faster pace for: fuel, light and water charges (6.2 percent from 6.0 percent), as cost of of electricity was steady (at 7.9 percent) and miscellaneous (0.2 percent from 0.1 percent)
Cost was flat for transport & communication (the same as in a month earlier) and inflation was steady for education (at 0.4 percent).
On the other hand, cost fell for: housing (-0.1 percent from -0.2 percent); furniture and household utensils (-0.3 percent from -0.2 percent); clothes and footwear (-0.1 percent from -0.3 percent) and culture and recreation (-0.1 percent from 0.2 percent).
Core consumer prices, which exclude fresh food, went up 0.8 percent from a year earlier, after a 0.7 percent rise in Septemberthe same pace as in August and in line with estimates. It was the highest figure since March of 2015.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat, the same as in September.
In Tokyo, consumer prices rose 0.3 percent year-on-year while markets estimated a 0.1 percent fall. Core consumer prices, which exclude fresh food went up by 0.6 percent and in line with consensus.