Year-on-year, prices jumped for transport (+1 percent from -0.2 percent in November), and rose at a faster pace for restaurants and hotels (+2.2 percent from +2.1 percent). In contrast, housing and utilities fell 1.3 percent (+0.1 percent in November) and cost increased at a slower pace for: food and non-alcoholic beverages (+4.1 percent from +4.5 percent in November) and health (+1 percent from +1.1 percent).
Annual core inflation rate decreased to 1.2 percent from 1.4 percent the previous month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices edged up 0.1 percent, following a 0.1 percent drop in November and below market expectations of 0.2 percent drop. Prices of housing and utilities fell 1 percent while cost of transport rose 0.9 percent.