Cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 4.9 percent year-on-year in Apri (+4.7 percent in March) and prices of transport rose 6.1 percent (+5.7 percent). Meantime, housing and utilities rose at a slower 8.4 percent (+8.7 percent) and prices of clothing and footwear grew 10.0 percent (+10.3 percent). Additional upward pressure came from: recreation and culture (+13 percent from +11.6 percent); alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+10.3 percent from +10.7 percent); and furnishings and household equipment (+8.0 percent from +8.5 percent).
Meanwhile, annual core inflation rate went down to 7.6 percent from 8.0 percent in the previous month.
On a monthly basis, inflation rate slowed to 0.4 percent, from 0.5 percent in the previous month, led by higher prices of food (+0.4 percent), transportation (+0.7 percent), housing and utilities (+0.1 percent), clothing (+0.7 percent) and furnishings (+0.5 percent).