Year-on-year, cost of food and beverages rose 3.17 percent (+4.12 percent in September), provisional estimates showed. The food index alone increased by 3.32 percent compared to 3.96 percent in the previous month. Upward pressure came from sugar (+23.62 percent from +25.77 percent in September), pulses (+4.11 percent from +14.33 percent) and fruits (+4.42 percent from +6.07 percent); while cost of vegetables continued to fall (-5.74 percent from -7.21 percent).
Cost of clothing and footwear increased 5.24 percent year-on-year (from +5.19 percent in September); fuel and light rose 2.81 percent (from +3.07 percent); and housing prices went up 5.15 percent (from +5.18 percent).
The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas are 4.78 percent and 3.54 percent (5.04 percent and 3.64 percent respectively in September).
A year ago, the inflation rate was higher at 5 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.38 percent.