Prices rose at a slower pace for food (3.9 percent from 4.2 percent in December); clothing and footwear (7 percent from 7.4 percent); recreation and culture (2.2 percent from 4.1 percent); furnishings and household equipment (4.7 percent from 5.3 percent); and alcoholic beverages and tobacco (8.5 percent from 8.6 percent). Meanwhile, transport inflation rate accelerated to 6.1 percent from 5.6 percent and housing and utilities edged up to 5.3 percent from 5.2 percent.
Annual core inflation rate declined to 5.5 percent from 6 percent in December.
On a monthly basis, prices went up 0.6 percent. Main upward pressure came from: food (1 percent); housing and utilities (0.4 percent); transport (1.1 percent); and alcoholic beverages and tobacco (0.6 percent).