Year-on-year, prices increased for: alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+4.4 percent in December from +3.9 percent in November); health (+1.9 percent from +1.8 percent); transport (+2.2 percent from +0.6 percent) and recreation & culture (+1.1 percent from +1.0 percent). Prices of heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages rose 1.7 percent, the same pace as in the previous month. Cost also steady for: clothing & footwear (+2.3 percent); furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (+1.6 percent); education (+3.6 percent) and restaurant, miscellaneous goods & services (+1.4 percent). In contrast, cost declined for housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (-0.3 percent from -1.2 percent).
Core inflation rose 2.1 percent from a year earlier, following a 1.8 percent increase in the preceding month. It is also the highest figure in 7 months
For full year of 2015, consumer prices rose 1.4 percent, below the central bank target for the year at 2.0 percent to 4.0 percent. A year earlier, consumer prices increased by 4.1 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased by 0.2 percent, slowing from a 0.5 percent rise in November and in line with market expectations. Prices rose for; alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+0.8 percent); clothing and footwear (+0.2 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (+0.2 percent); transport (+0.9 percent); recreation & culture (+0.1 percent) and restaurant & miscellaneous goods and services (+0.2 percent). In contrast, prices declined for food and non-alcoholic beverages (-0.1 percent). While cost was steady for furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (+0.2 percent), prices remained unchanged for communication and education.