PRICES in the Balearics rose by 0.2 percent in October, and the only community where they went down was in Navarra (-0.1%).
The highest increases were in La Rioja (1.2%) and Galicia (1%).
According to a report from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), prices rose throughout Spain by 0.7% in September this year, bringing inflation for the year to 2.1% and year on year to 2.6%. Year on year inflation in the Balearics was slightly less than the national average, at 2.5 percent.
Apart from the notable increases in La Rioja and Galicia, there were also significant growth rates in Cantabria and Murcia, both registering 0.9%; in Castilla y León, Catalonia, Extremadura and the Spanish city of Melilla in North Africa, all with 0.8%. Increases equal to the national average of 0.7% were confirmed in Andalucía, Aragón, Castilla-La Mancha, and the Basque Country. Prices rose by 0.6% in Asturias and Valencia; by 0.5% in Madrid; and by 0.2% in the Balearics and the Canary Islands. With respect to accumulated inflation rates (since January this year), the highest were registered in Murcia (2.7%) and Catalonia (2.5%), as well as in the Spanish city of Ceuta in North Africa (3%), and Melilla (2.7%). At the other end of the scale, the lowest rates emerged in the Canary Islands (1.2%) Asturias (1.5%), and Navarra (1.6%).
Regarding the inflation index for the last 12 months (year on year), the regions with the highest rates were Murcia (3.6%); Catalonia (3.1%); Asturias and La Rioja (both with 2.9%); as well as Ceuta (3.5%) and Melilla (3.4%). On the other hand, prices rose least over the last year in the Canary Islands (1.5%).
The biggest increases in prices in the Balearics in October were in clothing and footwear which went up by 3.8 percent compared to September, while transport costs dropped by 0.8 percent. Other price increases in the Balearics last month were in education (+1.1%), housing (+0.3%), alcohol and tobacco and household goods (+0.2%) and non-alcoholic beverages and medicines (+0.1%). Apart from transport, prices also went down for leisure and culture, and hotels, cafes and restaurants (-0.3%) and communications (-0.1%).
Since the beginning of the year, the biggest increases have been in food and non-alcoholic beverages (+4.2%) and education (+4.1%). The same sectors also showed the highest rate of inflation in the 12 months since last October.


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