Year-on-year, prices rose faster mainly for housing (6.26 percent compared to 6.05 percent in November) and transport (4.1 percent compared to 3.98 percent). On the other hand, food cost continued to fall (-1.87 percent compared to -2.3 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.44 percent, above 0.28 percent in November and forecasts of 0.3 percent. It is the highest monthly rate since August of 2016, mainly due to a 1.23 percent jump in transport prices, namely air fares (22.28 percent), gasoline (2.26 percent) and ethanol (4.37 percent). Cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages went up 0.54 percent and made the second largest upward pressure, namely meat (1.67 percent), fruit (1.33 percent), chicken (2.04 percent) and French bread (0.67 percent).