Year-on-year, the biggest upwards contribution came from: Transport (2.8 percent from 0.5 percent in December); restaurants and hotels (2 percent from 1.9 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (2 percent from 2.2 percent). Additional gains came from: Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (1.3 percent from 0.8 percent in December); and health (1.3 percent from 1.2 percent). By contrast, cost continued to drop for: Food and non-alcoholic beverages (-2.4 percent from -2.8 percent in December); recreation and culture (-2.3 percent from -2.1 percent); and clothing and footwear (-2.6 percent from -3.8 percent)
On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined by 0.5 percent, after showing no growth in December. The most significant monthly price changes were decreases in clothing and footwear (- 9 percent) and furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance (-3 percent). There were increases in alcoholic beverages and tobacco (1.5 percent) and food and non-alcoholic beverages (0.4 percent).
The harmonized index increased by 0.2 percent compared to a year earlier and fell by 0.5 percent in the month.