Year-on-year, cost declined for: housing (-0.1 percent in September from -0.1 in August); fuel, light and water charges (-6.2 percent from -7.2 percent), furniture and household utensils (-1.5 percent from -1.2 percent) and transport and communication (-2.1 percent from -2.3 percent). In contrast, prices rose for: food (+0.6 percent from +0.6 percent), clothes and footwear (+1.5 percent from +2.4 percent), medical care (+1.0 percent from +0.9 percent), education (+1.5 percent from +1.6 percent), culture and recreation (+0.3 percent from +0.4 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (+0.6 percent from +0.6 percent).
Core consumer prices also fell 0.5 percent, similar to August's figure. It was the seventh consecutive month of drop, matching estimates. The so-called core-core consumer prices, which excludes food and energy price were flat on the year on the year, following a 0.2 percent rise in a month earlier.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.2 percent, after remaining unchanged in August.
In Tokyo, consumer prices rose 0.1 percent year-on-year in October, following a 0.5 percent fall in September while market expected a 0.5 percent decline. Core consumer prices, which exclude fresh food, went up 0.1 percent from a year earlier, following a 0.5 percent drop in a month earlier and beating estimates of a 0.5 percent drop.