Prices rose at a faster pace for: housing and utilities (1.5 percent from 0.3 percent in November); restaurants and hotels (2.7 percent from 2.6 percent); health (0.4 percent from 0.3 percent); clothing and footwear (1.3 percent from 1.1 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (3.2 percent from 2.5 percent); and furnishings, household equipment & routine maintenance (1.8 percent from 1.7 percent). Meanwhile, inflation was unchanged for education (at 1 percent), communication (at 0.7 percent) and alcoholic beverages and tobacco (at 1.4 percent); and slowed for food and non-alcoholic beverages (0.2 percent from 0.5 percent); and transport (3.1 percent from 3.6 percent).
Prices of recreation and culture continued to fall (-0.6 percent from -0.9 percent).
Annual core inflation rate, which excludes food and energy, rose to 1.5 percent in December from 1.4 percent in the previous month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased by 0.3 percent, following a 0.7 percent drop in November and beating market expectations of 0.2 percent.
The annual CPI for 2017 increased 1.9 percent compared to the previous year, with core inflation rising 1.5 percent.