Year-on-year, transport cost increased the most by 10.11 percent, but slowed from a 10.37 percent rise in September. Food prices rose at a slower 8.16 percent (8.4 percent in September) and cost of housing, water, electricity and gas eased to 5.42 percent (5.5 percent in the previous month).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined 0.21 percent in October, following a 0.15 percent increase in September. The food and non-alcoholic drinks’ index decreased by 0.45 percent, as prices of several food commodities fell and the housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels’ index declined 0.23 percent, mainly due to a drop in cost of cooking fuels. Electricity prices were lower due to a reduction in fuel cost and forex adjustment charges. The transport index decreased by 0.29 percent mainly due a fall in pump prices of petrol and diesel.