Year-on-year, transport prices recorded the highest increase, but slowed to 7.2 percent from March’s 7.9 percent increase. Cost of alcoholic beverages and tobacco eased to 5.99 percent (7.12 percent in March), while prices of restaurants and hotels quickened to 5.5 percent (5.18 percent in the previous month). Food prices rose 1.73 percent; housing, water, electricity and gas went up 3.06 percent and health cost rose 4.23 percent.
Month-over-month, prices fell 0.19 percent. It is the first drop in consumer prices in nine months, mainly due to lower food, housing, water and gas cost.
The core index, which strips out some volatile food and energy prices, rose 0.29 percent during the month.