Year-on-year, energy cost (total) decreased by 8.6 percent, following a 9.3 percent drop in September. Prices were down for: heating oil (-24.5 percent), motor fuels (-13.1 percent) and household energy (-6.5 percent).
Cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 1.3 percent, after registering a 0.9 percent rise in the previous month. Prices rose markedly for vegetables (+13.1 percent, including potatoes: +30.7 percent), fruits (+9.7 percent, including apples : +10.9 percent), fish and fish products (+2.1 percent) and confectionery (+1.8 percent). Prices were considerably down for dairy products (-6.0 percent, including UHT milk: -12.1 percent; sliced cheese: -9.9 percent).
Cost of goods as a whole fell by 0.8 percent, following a 1.3 percent drop in September. Cost of services rose 1.2 percent in October, slightly up from a 1.1 percent rise in a month earlier. Among goods, lower prices were recorded for consumer electronics (-2.9 percent) and telephones (-5.2 percent). Consumers also had to pay more for newspapers and periodicals (+6.0 percent), tobacco products (+4.3 percent) and information processing equipment (+5.2 percent). Among services, higher cost were seen for net rents exclusive of heating expenses (+1.1 percent), passenger transport (of which taxi ride +13.4 percent), hairdresser services and other services for personal care (+3.6 percent) and catering services in restaurants, cafes and the like (+3.0 percent). In contrast, cost of services declined for air tickets (-2.8 percent) and telecommunication services (-1.3 percent.
On monthly basis, consumer prices remained unchanged in October, following a 0.3 percent drop in September. Prices decreases were seen for motor fuels (–1.6 percent, including supergrade petrol: -2.0 percent; diesel fuel: -0.6 percent) and heating oil (-1.4 percent). In contrast, prices increases were seen for vegetables (+2.1 percent), edible oils and fats (+1.3 percent, including butter: +4.7 percent) and dairy products (+1.1 percent, including UHT milk: +3.7 percent; yoghurt: +1.9 percent). Prices o footwear also rose 0.5 percent.
The harmonized index of consumer prices (HICP) increased by 0.2 percent in October of 2015 over the same month last year, following a 0.2 percent fall in September. Compared with the a month earlier, the index remained unchanged, after a 0.3 percent drop in a month earlier