Food prices increased 5.11 percent from a year earlier in September 2019, the largest gain since August 2016. Additionally, the food & beverages index went up 4.70 percent, with main upward pressure coming from: vegetables (15.40 percent); meat & fish (10.29 percent); pulses & products (8.40 percent); egg (3.33 percent); spices (3.30 percent); and non-alcoholic beverages (3.21 percent). On the other hand, cost of sugar and confectionery declined 0.35 percent.
Among non-food products, prices increased for housing (4.75 percent); miscellaneous (4.45 percent); pan, tobacco and intoxicants (4.59 percent); and clothing and footwear (0.96 percent). Meantime, prices of fuel & light fell 2.18 percent.
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas were 3.24 percent and 4.78 percent, compared with July's figures of 2.25 percent and 4.49 percent respectively.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.55 percent in September, the same pace as in August.