Prices rose at a slower pace for food and non-alcoholic beverages (12.41 percent compared to 13.33 percent in September), with cost of cereals, pulses and oleaginous recording the biggest gain (54.13 percent). Inflation also eased for transport (5.31 percent compared to 6.33 percent), with fuels slowing sharply (6.98 percent). In addition, housing prices increased at a slower 4.45 percent (4.78 percent), with electricity falling at a faster 6.41 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.26 percent, following a meager 0.08 percent rise in September. Transport recorded the biggest increase (0.75 percent), followed by clothing (0.45 percent) and health and personal care (0.43 percent). In contrast, prices of housing related articles (-0.13 percent) and food (-0.05 percent) edged down.