Year-on-year, prices increased at a slower pace for housing (+4.2 percent compared to +9.5 percent in August); meals bought away from home (+2.9 percent from +3 percent in August); food excluding meals bought away from home (+2.2 percent compared to +2.3 percent in August); miscellaneous goods (+2.2 percent compared to +2.5 percent in August); miscellaneous services (+2.1 percent compared to +2.7 percent in August) and transport (+1.7 percent compared to +2 percent in August).
In contrast, electricity, gas and water went up at a faster 10.3 percent(+4.2 percent in August), mainly due to the low base of comparison resulted from the special fuel rebate in electricity starting from mid-August last year.
Also, prices fell for durable goods (-5.4 percent, compared to -5.3 percent in August) and clothing and footwear (-3.6 percent compared to -5 percent in August).
Considering the first nine months of 2016, the CPI rose by 2.8 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 subdued global inflation as well as moderate local cost pressures.