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EU-harmonised inflation increases to 1.7 percent

EU-harmonized inflation in Slovakia stood at 1.7 percent on the year in September - accelerating from a record-low 1.2 percent in July and August. At the same time, prices rose by 0.3 percent on a monthly basis, the Statistics Office said on October 16.

The biggest year-on-year price increases in September were in the sector of education, at 3.5 percent, followed by increases in the prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages - 3.3 percent, in postal services and telecommunications - 2.9 percent, in housing, water, electricity and other fuels - 2.7 percent, in hotels, cafes and restaurants - 2.5 percent, in alcoholic beverages and tobacco - 2.2 percent, in miscellaneous good and services - 2.1 percent, and in clothing and footwear and in recreation and culture - 0.8 percent.

The sharpest y-o-y fall in prices was registered in health care at 1.9 percent, transport prices fell by 1.6 percent, furniture, household furnishings, and routine home maintenance prices were down 0.2 percent. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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