Year-on-year, prices rose less for food (3.5 percent vs 3.6 percent in July); clothing & footwear (1.9 percent vs 2.4 percent); transport (1.4 percent vs 2.2 percent); electricity, gas, water (3.4 percent vs 4.2 percent) and miscellaneous services (1.4 percent vs 1.8 percent). Contrarily, prices picked up for housing (2.3 percent vs 2.2 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat in August, after increasing 0.4 percent in the previous month.
Underlying consumer inflation, which excludes the effects of one-off government relief measures - such as tax cuts for lower income individuals; extra allowance for the elderly, child & disabled people; students' grants; etc. -, edged down to 2.6 percent (from 2.7 percent in July), due to slowing prices for package tours and decreasing transport fares.
The Government will continue to monitor the situation closely, particularly the impact on the lower-income people.