Year-on-year, transport prices registered the only drop (-8.1 percent). In contrast, prices accelerated for clothing and footwear (8.09 percent); furnishing and household equipment (6.42 percent); housing, water, electricity and gas (+5.74 percent) and education (+3.94 percent).
In January, food and non-alcoholic beverages rose by 2.13 percent. Perishable food prices increased 2.64 percent while cost of non-perishable food grew 2.06 percent. Cost of fresh milk (+7.3 percent) and meat (+5.29 percent) increased.
Annual core inflation rate (excluding food and energy) slowed for the fourth consecutive month by 0.3 percent to 6.4 percent.
On a monthly basis, prices grew marginally by 0.08 percent, after falling 1 percent in the previous month. The decline was mainly due to a 2.13 drop in transport cost and a 0.5 percent decrease in prices of food.