Year-on-year, prices rose at a softer pace for food & non-alcoholic beverages (17.22 percent vs 18.21 percent in July); housing & utilities (14.02 percent vs 16.05 percent); transportation (6.72 percent vs 13.67 percent); furniture & household equipment (20.13 percent vs 25.41 percent); hotels, cafes & restaurants (18.52 percent vs 19.85 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (20.98 percent vs 26.93 percent); communication (3.57 percent vs 6.29 percent); recreation & culture (15.07 percent vs 17.47 percent) and health (17.47 percent vs 17.93 percent) . On the other hand, cost advanced faster for clothing & footwear (4.70 percent vs 4.18 percent); alcoholic beverages & tobacco (41.42 percent vs 19.23 percent) and education (17.59 percent vs 13.68 percent).
Annual core inflation rate, which excludes energy, food and non-alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages, tobacco and gold, eased to 13.60 percent in August from 16.20 percent in the July.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.86 percent, slowing from a 1.36 percent gain in July and below market expectations of 1.3 percent. Prices declined for food & non-alcoholic beverages (-0.77 percent); transport (-1.94 percent) and clothing & footwear (-1.10 percent). Meanwhile, increases were recorded for housing & utilities (2.04 percent); furniture & household equipment (0.16 percent) and hotels, cafes & restaurants (0.75 percent).