Year-on-year, prices advanced faster for food (13.79 percent vs 13.70 percent in April); communication (7.67 percent vs 7.59 percent) and alcoholic beverages, tobacco & kola (10.42 percent vs 10.33 percent).
On the other hand, inflation slowed for housing & utilities (7.24 percent vs 7.25 percent); transport (9.07 percent vs 9.24 percent); clothing & footwear (9.94 percent vs 9.95 percent); furnishings (9.37 percent vs 9.43 percent); education (9.09 percent vs 9.32 percent); health (9.44 percent vs 9.56 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (8.70 percent vs 8.85 percent); restaurants & hotels (8.48 percent vs 8.66 percent) and recreation & culture (8.26 percent vs 8.42 percent).
Annual core inflation, which excludes price of volatile agricultural products, fell to 9.03 percent in May from 9.28 percent in April, hitting its lowest level since January 2016.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 1.11 percent, following a 0.94 percent rise in the previous month. It is the highest monthly inflation rate since last July.