Year-on-year, prices increased at a faster pace for housing (+9.5 percent compared to +4.2 percent in July); electricity, gas and water (+4.2 percent compared to -1.5 percent in July); alcoholic drinks and tobacco (+2.6 percent compared to 2 percent in July); transport (+2 percent compared to 0.6 percent); miscellaneous goods (+2.5 percent compared to 2 percent in July) and food excluding meals bought away from home (+2.3 percent compared to 1.9 percent in July).
Inflation was lower for meals bought away from home (3 percent from +3.3 percent in July) and miscellaneous services (2.7 percent compared to 2.8 percent in July);
In contrast, prices fell for durable goods (-5.3 percent, the same as in July) and clothing and footwear (-5 percent compared to -4.8 percent in July).
Considering the first eight months of 2016, the CPI rose by 2.9 percent over a year earlier but netting out the effects of all Government's one-off relief measures, it went up at a slower 2.4 percent.
The spokesman commented that looking ahead, inflation pressure should remain contained in the near term, given the soft import prices and moderate increases in local costs.