Year-on-year, cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages went up by 2.47 percent compared to a 1.38 percent increase in April. Cost of housing and utilities (+6.51 percent from +6.59 percent in April), transportation (+5.72 percent from +6.41 percent) and furnishings and household equipment (+9.18 percent from +10.38 percent) increased at a slower pace. Additional upward pressure came from: hotels, cafes and restaurants (+10.59 percent); clothing and footwear (+7.32 percent); alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+12.79 percent); and miscellaneous goods and services (+11.87 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.58 percent compared to a 0.78 percent growth in April. Prices of clothing and footwear (+8.04 percent), transportation (+1.10 percent), education (+1.04 percent), miscellaneous goods and services (+0.95 percent) and communications (+0.92 percent) increased by the most. In contrast, cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages (-1.64 percent) and furnishings and household equipment (-0.28 percent) fell.