Year-on-year, prices declined for: housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (-1.6 percent in August from -1.7 percent in July), transport (-6.5 percent from -6.3 percent) and recreation and culture (-1.7 percent from -0.6 percent). In contrast, prices increased for: clothing and footwear (+1.1 percent from +1.0 percent); furnishing, household equipment & routine maintenance (+3.0 percent from +2.7 percent); health (+1.5 percent from +1.2 percent), education (+1.8 percent from +1.7 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (+2.5 percent from +2.0 percent).
Prices moderated for food and non-alcoholic beverages (+2.2 percent from +2.3 percent). Cost remained stable for: communication (-0.2 percent), education (+1.7 percent) and restaurants and hotels (+2.4 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in August, remaining steady from the preceding month.
Annual core inflation, which strips out volatile energy and food prices, rose 2.1 percent, following a 2.0 percent increase in the previous month.
For 2015, the country's central bank expects inflation to be between 2.5 percent to 3.5 percen