Year-on-year, private education cost recorded the highest increase (3.5 percent), followed by housing and utilities (2.9 percent) and hotels, cafes and restaurants (1.6 percent). Food prices rose at a faster 0.4 percent (0.1 percent in September); health cost accelerated slightly (up 0.5 percent following a 0.4 percent in the previous month) and prices of miscellaneous goods and services grew 1.5 percent, following a 1.2 percent increase in September.
Communication prices fell at a slower 5 percent (-6.3 percent in September) and cost of clothing and footwear dropped 0.3 percent, the lowest decrease in four months. Fuel prices fell 0.9 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices decreased 0.1 percent in October, after remaining flat in September. Yet, a rise in smartphone prices was not enough to offset a drop in fuel cost.