Year-on-year, cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages went up by 1.5 percent, against a 0.9 percent growth in August boosted by higher prices of unprocessed food (+3.3 percent, from +1.9 percent in August); Meanwhile, transport prices declined further by 3.3 percent, against a 2.9 percent fall in the previous month due to lower prices of non-regulated energy (-12.8 percent, from -10.4 percent in August).
Upward pressure came from: restaurants and hotels (+1.5 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (+0.4 percent); health (+0.6 percent); furnishings and household equipment (+0.3 percent); and clothing and footwear (+0.5 percent). By contrast, prices of housing and utilities fell 0.2 percent.
Annual core inflation rate (excluding energy and unprocessed food) was recorded at 0.8 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices dropped by 0.4 percent, following a 0.2 percent increase in August and missing first estimates of 0.3 percent fall, mainly due to lower prices of services related to transport (-4 percent), partially offset by higher prices of unprocessed food (+1.7 percent).
Harmonised consumer prices increased by 0.2 percent year-on year and by 1.6 percent on a monthly basis.