Prices rose at a slower pace for housing and utilities (3.1 percent from 3.3 percent in Q1), with purchase of new housing up 6.4 percent (6.7 percent in Q1). Inflation also slowed for transport (1.2 percent from 3.5 percent in Q1); miscellaneous goods and services (1.7 percent from 1.9 percent); alcoholic beverages and tobacco (3.7 percent from 3.9 percent). In addition, communication prices decreased 4.6 percent (-3.1 percent in Q1), with large decreases for telecommunications services and equipment. In contrast, food cost accelerated (2 percent from 1.6 percent).
On a quartely basis, consumer prices were flat: food prices rose 0.7 percent, influenced by higher prices for vegetables (up 19 percent). Housing and household utilities prices rose 0.8 percent, influenced by purchase of new housing (up 1.8 percent). On the other hand, transport prices fell 1.3 percent, with cheaper domestic airfares (down 15 percent).