Year-on-year, cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages went up by 1.9 percent, against a 1.5 percent growth in September boosted by higher prices of unprocessed food (+4.1 percent, from +3.3 percent in September) and services related to recreation (+1.4 percent, from +1.1 percent in September). Meanwhile, these increases were partially offset by the further decrease of regulated energy products (-2.0 percent, from -1.1 percent in September 2015), due a wider decline of gas price (-3.2 percent, from -0.5 percent in September).
Upward pressure came from: restaurants and hotels (+2.1 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (+0.4 percent); health (+0.5 percent); furnishings and household equipment (+0.3 percent); and clothing and footwear (+0.5 percent). By contrast, prices of housing and utilities fell 0.4 percent and transport 3.3 percent.
Annual core inflation rate (excluding energy and unprocessed food) was recorded at 0.8 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up by 0.2 percent, following a 0.4 percent drop in September and in line first estimates, mainly due to higher prices of electricity (+2.9 percent), gas (+1.9 percent) and unprocessed food (+0.7 percent); and partially balanced by decline in non-regulated energy products (-0.8 percent) and services related to transport (-0.7 percent).
Harmonised consumer prices increased by 0.3 percent year-on-year and by 0.5 percent on a monthly basis.