Year-on-year, cost slowed for food and non-alcoholic beverages (0.9 percent from 1.3 percent in December); housing (2.4 percent from 2.5 percent) and clothing and footwear (0.8 percent from 0.9 percent). In addition, prices dropped for transport (-0.2 percent from 0.2 percent) and decreased further for recreation and culture (-0.9 percent from -0.1 percent). Meanwhile, inflation was steady for restaurant and hotels (1.8 percent, the same as in December); health (0.9 percent); alcoholic beverages and tobacco (1.3 percent) and education (1 percent). On the other hand, cot rose faster for miscellaneous goods and services (1.4 percent from 1.1 percent); furniture and household equipment (0.5 percent from 0.3 percent) and communication (2.6 percent from 2.3 percent).
Annual core inflation, which excludes volatile items such as food and energy, eased to 0.8 percent in January from 0.9 percent in December.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined 1.3 percent in January, after decreasing 0.4 percent in December and matching earlier estimates.
The harmonized index of consumer prices advanced 1 percent year-on-year (from 1.2 percent in December), and declined 1.7 percent from the previous month (from -0.5 percent in December).