Year-on-year, energy cost (total) decreased by 7.6 percent, following a 6.2 percent drop in the preceding month. Prices were down for: heating oil (-27.6 percent), motor fuels (-9.5 percent), central and district heating (-6.5 percent) and electricity (-1.0 percent).
Cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 0.6 percent, after registering a 0.4 percent rise in July. Prices rose markedly for vegetables (+9.3 percent, including potatoes: +22.7 percent), fruits (+6.6 percent), fish and fish products (+2.4 percent) and confectionery (+1.7 percent). Prices were considerably down for dairy products (-6.9 percent), edible fats and oils (-7.0 percent) and edible oils and fats (-7.0 percent, including butter:-12.5 percent).
Cost of goods as a whole fell by 0.9 percent, following a 0.7 percent drop in July. Cost of services rose 1.2 percent in August, after registering a 1.1 percent rise in the preceding month. Among goods, lower prices were recorded for telephone (-4.2 percent), consumer electronics (-4.3 percent). In contrast, consumers had to pay more for coffee, tea and cocoa (+3.7 percent), newspapers and periodicals (+6.0 percent) and tobacco products (+5.6 percent). Among services, higher cost were seen for net rents exclusive of heating expenses (+1.1 percent), passenger transport (of which taxi ride +13.4 percent), hairdresser services and other services for personal care (+3.4 percent) and catering services in restaurants, cafes (+3.0 percent). In contrast, cost of services declined for air tickets (-4.5 percent) and other services (-6.2 percent, largely due to a legal amendment regarding real estate agencies, which took effect in June, 1, 2015).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices remained unchanged, following a 0.2 percent rise in July. Prices increases were seen for clothing (+4.2 percent), mainly due to a gradual changeover to the autumn/winter collection. In contrast, price declined for: food (-0.3 percent, with cost of edible oils and fats dropping by 2.3 percent and vegetables by 0.8 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (-0.2 percent, with cost of household energy falling by 1.0 percent, including heating oil: -6.2 percent); transport (-1.0 percent, with prices of motor fuels declining by 4.2 percent, including supergrade petrol: –4.1 percent, diesel fuel: –4.3 percent); communication (-0.2 percent) and education (-0.2 percent.
The harmonized index of consumer prices (HICP) increased by 0.1 percent in August of 2015 over the same month last year. The index remained unchanged compared with the previous month.