Year-on-year, price decreases were reported for transport (-11.8 percent in February from -6.0 percent in January) and communication (-0.9 percent from -1.0 percent). Cost of clothing and footwear also declined by 0.6 percent, following a 0.1 percent drop in the previous month.
Prices moderated for food & non-alcoholic beverages (+2.7 percent from +2.8 percent); furnishing, household equipment & routine maintenance (+0.1 percent from +0.5 percent) and restaurant and hotels (+2.9 percent from +3.4 percent). Meanwhile, cost increased for: housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (+2.4 percent from +2.1 percent); health (+3.4 percent from 3.2 percent); recreation services & culture (+0.8 percent from +0.5 percent) and education (+2.2 percent from +2.1 percent). Cost of alcoholic beverages & tobacco remained unchanged at 10.6 percent.
Among food & non-alcoholic beverages, customers had to pay more for: milk & eggs (+6.6 percent from +6.5 percent), fish & seafood (+3.8 percent from +2.5 percent); oils & fats (+0.2 percent from +0.1 percent) and fruits (+3.1 percent from +2.6 percent). In contrast, prices declined for meat (-0.8 percent from -0.4 percent). Prices slowed for food at home (+2.4 percent from +2.5 percent); vegetables (+3.4 percent from +7.8 percent); sugar, jam, honey, chocolate & confectionery (+0.8 percent from +0.9 percent); food products (+2.4 percent from +2.6 percent) and coffee, tea & non-alcoholic beverages (+0.4 percent from +0.6 percent). Cost of food away from home remained steady from the preceding month at 3.5 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined by 0.6 percent, following a 1.1 percent drop in January Price decreases were reported for: transport (-6.0 percent); clothing & footwear (-0.4 percent); food and non-alcoholic beverages (-0.2 percent) and furnishing, household equipment & routine maintenance (-0.2 percent). In contrast, prices increased for: housing, water, electricity, gas & other fuels (+0.9 percent); education (+0.5 percent); miscellaneous goods & services (+0.5 percent); health (+0.4 percent); recreation services & culture (+0.4 percent) and restaurant & hotel (+0.2 percent). Cost remained unchanged for alcoholic beverages & tobacco and communication (0.0 percent respectively).