Compared to August 2015, main upward pressure came from housing and utilities (5.8 percent, the same pace as in July); food and non-alcoholic beverages (11.3 percent, the same pace as in July). Meantime trasport inflation slowed (2 percent from 3.1 percent) and cost of miscellaneous goods and services rose at a slower pace (6.9 percent from 7 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged down 0.1 percent after a 0.8 percent increase in the previous month. Cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased 0.8 percent, driven by a 5.1 percent gain in sweets and desserts; a 2 percent rise in bread and cereals. Prices of housing and utilities showed no growth, while transport prices dropped 2.2 percent, due to a sharp 7.6 percent fall in cost of petrol.
The core index which excludes prices of food, non-alcoholic beverages, petrol and energy rose to 5.7 percent year-on-year at the same pace as in July. Month-over-month, prices went up 0.2 from 0.6 percent in the previous month.