Year-on-year, prices increased faster for transport (2.2 percent compared to 1.5 percent in June), mostly due to higher prices for diesel and petrol which was offset by a decrease in air fares. Additionally, cost declined less for furnishings, household equipment & routine household maintenance (-3.9 percent compared to -4.1 percent), mainly due to the cost of non-durable household goods, furniture & furnishings, household textiles and glassware, tableware & household utensils; miscellaneous goods & services (-3.2 percent compared to -3.9 percent), due to health, motor insurance premiums and appliances, articles & products for personal care; clothing & footwear (-0.2 percent compared to -1.4 percent) and recreation and culture (-1.0 percent compared to -1.5 percent).
Meanwhile, inflation was steady for: housing & utilities (5.4 percent, the same as in June) and alcoholic beverages & tobacco (2.8 percent). Also, prices slowed for restaurants & hotels (1.8 percent compared to 2.1 percent) and education (1.5 percent compared to 1.6 percent). In addition, prices continued to drop for food & non-alcoholic beverages (-2.1 percent, the same as in June), due to lower prices across a range of products such as meat, vegetables, bread & cereals and jam, honey, chocolate & confectionery.
The core index, which excludes energy and unprocessed food, advanced 0.1 percent, after decreasing 0.2 percent in the previous month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices picked up 0.4 percent, following a 0.1 percent gain in June. The most significant monthly price changes were increases in transport (3.2 percent) and restaurants & hotels (0.8 percent). There were decreases in clothing & footwear (-5.6 percent) and furnishings, household equipment & routine household maintenance (-1.4 percent).
The harmonised index of consumer prices went up by 1.0 percent from the previous year; and by 0.4 percent from the previous month.