Year-on-year, prices of restaurants and hotels rose by 3.3 percent accelerating from a 2.6 percent growth in July; and cost of housing and utilities grew 0.3 percent, compared to a 0.1 percent rise in the previous month; and prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages went up 1.8 percent, the biggest gain since September last year. Additional upward pressure came from: Miscellaneous goods and services (+0.4 percent); and clothing and footwear (+0.8 percent). In contrast, cost fell for transportation (-1.3 percent) and recreation and culture (-0.3 percent).
The annual core inflation rate, which excludes energy and unprocessed food products components, was recorded at 0.6 percent compared to 0.8 percent in the previous month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices fell 0.2 percent, following a 0.7 percent drop last month. While cost of clothing and footwear declined 6.5 percent, prices of restaurants and hotels climbed 1.5 percent.
The harmonized consumer price index increased by 0.8 percent year-on-year and was unchanged from the previous month.