Year-on-year, inflation eased for food (0 percent from 0.6 percent in March), transport (1.7 percent from 2 percent), recreation and culture (1.1 percent from 1.7 percent) and was steady for housing and utilities (1.3 percent). In addition, prices fell faster for health (-0.7 percent from -0.6 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (-0.9 percent from 0.4 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.2 percent, the same as in March and matching forecasts. Upward pressures came mainly from cost of clothing, with the arrival of the new summer collections and package travel abroad and air travel. On the other hand, prices of vegetables and hotel nights decreased.