Year-on-year, cost of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels in January fell by 2.1 percent, following a 1.6 percent drop in December while cost of transport decreased by 1.3 percent, following a 1.0 percent fall in the preceding month.
Prices also slowed for: heavily-weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages (+5.4 percent in January from 5.5 percent in December); clothing and footwear (+3.2 percent from +3.5 percent); furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (+2.4 percent from +2.6 percent); health (+2.7 percent from +3.1 percent); communication (+0.0 percent from +0.1 percent); recreation and culture (+1.2 percent from +1.4 percent) and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services (+1.6 percent from +1.8 percent). Meanwhile, cost of education in January remained stable from the previous month at 5.1 percent.
The food alone index eased to 5.6 percent in January from 5.7 percent a month earlier with annual increase in all of food groups were slower except for fish, fruit and vegetables.
Core inflation decelerated further to 2.2 percent year-on-year in January, as compared to a 2.3 percent increase in December.
For 2015, the country's central bank targeted inflation at 2 to 4 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices accelerated 0.4 percent, following a 0.2 percent drop in December. Prices increased for food and non-alcoholic beverages (+0.7 percent); alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+0.6 percent); clothing and footwear (+0.4 percent); health (+0.4 percent); furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance (+0.3 percent) and recreation and culture (+0.1 percent). In contrast, cost of miscellaneous goods and services slowed to 0.1 percent while prices of transport and utilities declined by 0.2 percent and 0.1 percent respectively.