Inflation rate at 0.8 percent in September

Compared with August, the prices of products and services for personal consumption, measured by the consumer price index (CPI), were 0.8 percent higher on average in September.

According to Monstat, the consumer prices saw an average increase of 7.9 percent in September, compared with the last year’s corresponding period.

“The monthly inflation rate was affected primarily by an increase in prices of shoes and other footwear, fuel and lubricants for motor vehicles, clothing, solid fuel, other personal care products and equipment, education, and rent paid for primary residence,” stated a press release issued by Monstat.

Compared with the last year’s corresponding period, the consumer prices were higher by 9.9 percent on average between January and September.

Across the main groups, the monthly increase in prices was recorded for clothing and footwear, education, transport, other products and services, housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuel, furnishings and routine maintenance of the house, and healthcare.

In this period, the prices decreased in the category of hotels and restaurants, and food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The prices of other products and services have not changed considerably.