Prices fell in January for: food & non-alcoholic beverages (-0.3 percent vs +0.2 percent in December), communications (-0.2 percent vs 0.7 percent), entertainment & culture (-1.3 percent vs -0.6 percent), and other goods & services (-0.2 percent vs 3.2 percent). Meantime, prices increased at a slower rate for: liquor & tobacco (1.1 percent vs 1.4 percent) and transport (1.6 percent vs 3.1 percent).
In contrast, prices climbed at the same rate for: clothing & footwear (1.3 percent), housing and utilities (1.5 percent), and health (0.4 percent).
Finally, prices increased at a faster rate for: household goods & services (3.3 percent vs 1.8 percent), education (1.1 percent vs 1.0 percent), and restaurants & lodging (2.8 percent vs 2.7 percent).
Core CPI, which excludes oil and agricultural products, rose 1.1 percent, following a 1.5 percent increase in December.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices climbed 0.4 percent after rising 0.3 percent in the previous month and compared to expectations of a 0.7 percent increase.