03.Oct .2019 18:10

Annual inflation rate increased to 6.4%

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In September 2019 the annual inflation rate amounted to 6.4 percent. The annual inflation rate was mainly influenced by price changes for the following groups:

Food and non-alcoholic beverages: the prices in the group increased by 11.7 percent, contributing 3.49 percentage points to the overall annual inflation rate. Within the group the prices were higher for the following subgroups: fish (16.1 percent), milk, cheese and eggs (14.6 percent), sugar, jam, honey, chocolate and confectionery (13.2 percent), meat (12.6 percent), bread and cereals (10.8 percent), vegetables (10.1 percent), mineral waters, soft drinks, fruit and vegetable juices (7.6 percent) and oils and fats (3.0 percent);

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco: the prices increased by 14.6 percent, with a relevant contribution of 0.97 percentage points to the overall annual CPI growth. The prices increased for tobacco (29.0 percent) and for alcoholic beverages (2.6 percent);

Transport: the prices went up by 3.9 percent, which resulted in a 0.47 percentage point contribution to the overall annual inflation rate. The prices were higher for purchase of vehicles (9.1 percent), operation of personal transport equipment (4.0 percent) and transport services (2.0 percent);

Recreation and culture: the prices increased by 6.9 percent, contributing 0.39 percentage points to the overall annual inflation rate. The prices in the group increased for recreational and cultural services (6.6 percent);

Health: the prices went up by 4.0 percent, contributing 0.32 percentage points to the overall annual inflation rate. The prices increased for the following subgroups: medical products, appliances and equipment (6.6 percent), out-patient services (3.7 percent) and hospital services (1.1 percent).