Year-on-year, cost of recreation and culture went up by 0.6 percent (from +0.1 percent in November) and prices of hotels and restaurants increased by 1.1 percent (from +0.9 percent in the previous month). Meanwhile, transport prices dropped 3.3 percent, accelerating from a 2.8 percent fall in November.
Additional upward pressure came from: food and non-alcoholic beverages (+1.2 percent); health (+0.4 percent); furnishings and household equipment (+0.4 percent); and clothing and footwear (+0.5 percent).
Annual core inflation rate (excluding energy and unprocessed food) was recorded at 0.6 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices showed no growth after a 0.4 percent decline and matching first estimates. Cost of food and transportation dropped 0.3 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively; while prices of leisure activities and communication rose 1 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively.
Harmonised consumer prices increased by 0.1 percent year-on year while fell 0.1 percent on a monthly basis.