Year-on-year, transport cost increased the most by 10.37 percent in September, but slowed from an 11.68 percent rise in August. Food prices increased at a slower 8.4 percent (10.85 percent in August) and cost of housing, water, electricity and gas eased to 5.5 percent (6.98 percent in the previous month).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.58 percent in September, down from a 0.94 percent increase in August. The food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index increased by 0.58 percent and the housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’ index fell 0.52 percent, mainly due to a drop in cost of kerosene and electricity. Electricity prices were lower due to a reduction in fuel cost and forex adjustment charges. The transport index decreased by 0.41 percent mainly due a fall in pump prices of petrol and diesel.