Year-on-year, downward price pressures came from: housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (-0.5 percent in April from -0.2 percent drop in March), transport (-0.2 percent from -0.2 percent) and communication (-0.1 percent from -0.1 percent). In contrast, upward price pressures only came from furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (+2.3 percent from +2.1 percent).
Prices moderated for: heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages (+3.9 percent in April from +4.3 percent in the previous month); clothing and footwear (+2.8 percent from +3.0 percent); health (+2.3 percent from +2.5 percent) and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services (+1.2 percent from +1.5 percent). Cost remained steady for: alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+3.9 percent), recreation and culture (+1.1 percent) and education (+5.1 percent).
Core inflation was recorded at 2.5 percent year-on-year in April, slowing from a 2.7 percent increase in the preceding month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices accelerated to 0.2 percent, following a 0.1 percent drop in March. Prices increased for food and non-alcoholic beverages (+0.1 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (+0.5 percent); furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (+0.2 percent) and recreation and culture (+0.1 percent). Cost moderated for alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+0.2 percent), health (+0.0 percent) and transport (+0.0 percent). Prices remained unchanged for clothing and footwear (+0.1 percent), communication (+0.0 percent), education (+0.0 percent) and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services (+0.1 percent).