Year-on-year, prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages jumped 1.9 percent (from +1 percent in September) and those of furnishing and household equipment & routine maintenance rose 2 percent (from +1.8 percent). Meanwhile, cost of housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels declined by 0.4 percent (easing from -1.2 percent in September) and transport prices dropped 6.7 percent (from -7.0 percent).
Additional upward pressure came from: restaurants and hotels (+2.5 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (+2.3 percent); education (+1.8 percent); and health (+1.4 percent). While cost of communication fell 0.3 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices remained unchanged, following a 0.2 percent decline in the preceding month, as higher cost of housing and utilities (+1 percent) and accomodation (+0.1 percent) were enough to offset a decline in prices of food (-1.1 percent) and transportation (-0.5 percent).
Meanwhile, annual core inflation, which strips out volatile energy and food prices, rose to 2.3 percent, from 2.1 percent in the previous two months and hitting its highest level since February 2015.