Main upward pressure came from: Transportation (5.7 percent from 3.7 percent in December) boosted by motor fuels (16.8 percent from 10 percent); recreation and culture (0.9 percent, the same as in December); restaurants and hotels (3 percent from 2.8 percent); housing and utilities (0.6 percent from 0.4 percent); and miscellaneous goods and services (0.8 percent from 1 percent).
By contrast, prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages fell 0.5 percent, the smallest drop since July 2014, following a 1.1 percent decline in December.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went down 0.5 percent after rising by 0.5 percent in December and in line with market consensus. Prices fell sharply for: Clothing and footwear (-4.2 percent); furniture, household equipment and maintenance (-2.5 percent); recreation and culture (-0.7 percent); and transport (-0.6 percent).
The core index which excludes prices of energy, food, alcohol and tobacco increased by 1.6 percent on the year, the same as in December and below market consensus of 1.8 percent gain.