Year-on-year, prices rose faster for food and non-alcoholic beverages (6.9 percent from 6.7 percent in April); transport (5.2 percent from 4.6 percent); health (6.9 percent from 6.5 percent); alcoholic beverages and tobacco (3.1 percent from 2.9 percent) and recreation and culture (3.8 percent from 3.6 percent). In contrast, inflation was steady for housing and utilities (5.7 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (7.3 percent); education (7 percent); household contents (2.8 percent) and slowed for restaurants and hotels (4.8 percent from 6.4 percent); health (6.5 percent from 6.2 percent) and clothing and footwear (3.9 percent from 4 percent).
Annual core inflation which excludes cost of food, non-alcoholic beverages, petrol and energy was steady at 4.8 percent, the lowest rate since January of 2013.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.3 percent, after edging up 0.1 percent in April and higher than expectations of 0.2 percent. Food and non-alcoholic beverages (0.5 percent) and transport (1.2 percent) made the only upward contributions.