Year-on-year, cost of education recorded the highest increase (up 4.27 percent), followed by nonfood prices (up 2.78 percent), food, drinks and tobacco (up 2.25 percent) and housing (up 2.03 percent). Excluding food and energy, the core inflation was 2.38 percent, slightly up from 2.3 percent in the previous month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.37 percent up from 0.21 percent in August. Energy cost fell 0.12 percent while upward pressure came mainly from education prices (up 2.06 percent) and fruits and vegetables (up 2.01 percent). The core index also increased 0.37 percent (0.2 percent in August).