Year-on-year, prices increased further for food and non-alcoholic beverages (7.31 percent compared to 6.74 percent in March); transport (4.67 percent compared to 3.7 percent), namely fuels (5.42 percent compared to 2.92 percent); housing (6.18 percent compared to 6.1 percent); personal expenses (4.45 percent compared to 3.51 percent); education (4.91 percent compared to 4.89 percent); and health (4.45 percent compared to 3.84 percent). Also, cost of communication was unchanged, after declining 0.1 percent in March. Meanwhile, cost slowed for household goods (3.84 percent compared to 4.31 percent) and clothing and footwear (0.16 percent compared to 0.6 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices advanced 0.57 percent, easing from a 0.75 percent rise in the prior month and below market forecasts of 0.63 percent. Prices went up at a softer pace for food and non-alcoholic beverages (0.63 percent compared to 1.37 percent in March), namely beans (-9.09 percent) and fruits (-0.71 percent); transport (0.94 percent compared to 1.44 percent), of which air tickets (5.32 percent) and bus tickets (0.74 percent); and clothing and footwear (0.18 percent compared to 0.45 percent). Additionally, cost of household goods decreased 0.24 percent, after a 0.27 percent gain.