Year-on-year, prices increased for: food & non-alcoholic beverages (+3.5 percent in May from +3.1 percent in April); housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (+2.6 percent from +2.3 percent); furnishings, household equipment & routine maintenance (+2.6 percent from +2.3 percent); clothing and footwear (+0.9 percent from +0.7 percent); communication (+2.6 percent from +2.3 percent); recreation & culture (+1.6 percent from +1.5 percent); restaurants and hotels (+4.5 percent from +4.3 percent) and miscellaneous goods & services (+4.4 percent from +4.1 percent). In contrast, cost of transport declined by 4.7 percent, following a 4.8 percent drop in the preceding month.
While cost of education remained unchanged (+5.0 percent), prices moderated for alcoholic beverages & tobacco (+11.3 percent from +13.0 percent) and education (+2.5 percent from +2.6 percent).
Among food & non-alcoholic beverages, customers had to pay more for: food at home (+3.4 percent in May from +2.7 percent in April), meat (+3.4 percent from +2.8 percent); fish & seafood (+3.5 percent from +2.3 percent); oils & fats (+0.7 percent from +0.6 percent); fruits (+2.7 percent from +1.5 percent); vegetables (+5.3 percent from +2.3 percent); sugar, jam, honey, chocolate & confectionery (+2.1 percent from +2.0 percent) and coffee, tea & non-alcoholic beverages (+3.5 percent from +2.3 percent). While prices moderated for milk & eggs (+5.9 percent from +7.1 percent), cost remained unchanged for rice, bread & other cereals (+1.9 percent); food products (+4.7 percent) and food away from home (+3.7 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices accelerated 0.4 percent, slowing from 0.9 percent rise in the preceding month. Price increases were reported for most categories except alcoholic beverages & tobacco and education. Food & non-alcoholic beverages Alcoholic beverages rose to 0.4 percent in May, followed by clothing and footwear (+0.1 percent); housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (+0.7 percent); furnishing, household equipment & routine maintenance (+0.4 percent); health (+0.3 percent); transport (+0.2 percent); communication (+0.1 percent); recreation & services (+0.2 percent); restaurants and hotels (+0.4 percent) and miscellaneous goods & services (+0.3 percent). In contrast, cost of alcoholic beverages & tobacco declined by 1.5 percent and prices of education dropped by 0.1 percent.