Cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased 11.5 percent year-on-year, the same rate recorded in September. In contrast, prices of housing, water, electricity and gas rose at a faster 6.4 percent in October, following a 5.8 percent increase in the previous month and mainly due to housing rents (+12.6 percent) and water (+10.1 percent). Transport prices accelerated 5.6 percent (5 percent in September) and health cost grew 10.2 percent. Additional upward pressures came from tobacco prices which recorded again the highest increase (27.3 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices accelerated for the second consecutive month by 0.8 percent. Food cost advanced 1.2 percent, following a 1 percent increase in the previous month while non-food prices increased 0.6 percent.