Compared with December of 2015, prices increased at a faster pace for food and non-alcoholic beverages (+7 percent from +6.2 percent in November). In contrast, inflation eased for housing and utilities (+9.9 percent from +10.9 percent); furnishing equipment and maintenance of the house (+4 percent from +4.3 percent) and clothing and footwear (+3.7 percent from +3.9 percent), restaurants and hotels (+4.2 percent from percent +4.4 percent) and alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+5.1 percent from +5.6 percent)
Annual core inflation, which excludes food and energy, edged down to 2.5 percent from 2.6 percent in November.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.7 percent, following a 1.1 percent gain in November. Cost of food rose at a slower 1.6 percent (+2.2 percent in the previous month).