Year-on-year, prices accelerated for alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+4.7 percent in January from +4.4 percent in December). In contrast, cost declined at a faster pace for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (-0.5 percent from -0.3 percent). Prices of heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages rose 1.7 percent, the same pace as in the previous two months. Prices were also steady for: education (+3.6 percent), restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services (+1.4 percent), communication while prices moderated for: clothing & footwear (+2.1 percent from +2.3 percent); furnishing, households equipment and routine maintenance (1.5 percent from +1.6 percent), health (+1.8 percent from +1.9 percent); transport (+1.5 percent from +2.2 percent) and recreation & culture (+1.0 percent from +1.1 percent).
Core consumer prices rose 1.8 percent from a year earlier in January 2015, slowing a 2.1 percent increase in the preceding month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased by 0.2 percent, the same pace as in December 2015. Prices rose for: food and non-alcoholic beverages (+0.7 percent), alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+1.0 percent); clothing and footwear (+0.2 percent); health (+0.4 percent) and restaurant & miscellaneous goods and services (+0.1 percent). In contrast, prices declined for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (-0.2 percent) and transport (-0.9 percent). Cost remained unchanged for: communication, recreation & culture and education.