Year-on-year, food prices are expected to rise 3.8 percent, up from 3.2 percent in November and energy cost is expected to surge 1.1 percent. Household rents are expected to accelerate to 1.6 percent (1.5 percent in November). In contrast, prices of services are expected to slow slightly to 1.4 percent (1.5 percent in November).
On a monthly basis, prices increased 0.4 percent, up from 0.2 percent in the previous period.
The Harmonised CPI calculated for European purposes is expected to increase by 1.2 percent yoy and 0.5 percent mom.