The year-on-year price decrease for both heating oil (−5.8 percent) and motor fuels (−6.7 percent) had a downward effect on the overall inflation. Not considering mineral oil prices, the inflation rate in September 2013 would have been +1.9 percent. Contrary to the favorable price development of mineral oil products, electricity prices (+11.5 percent) and solid fuel prices (+6.1 percent) in September 2013 were considerably up on a year earlier.
Food prices in September 2013 (+4.7 percent) were again markedly higher than the overall inflation rate. Consumers had to pay considerably more than a year earlier for edible oils and fats (+13.6 percent).
Total goods prices rose by 1.3 percent in September 2013 compared with September 2012. Total service prices rose by 1.6 percent, a larger increase than for goods prices. This development was mainly caused by net rents exclusive of heating expenses (+1.4 percent), for which households spend a fifth of their consumption expenditure on average.