Irish consumers are paying slightly more on day to day living as average costs rose 0.2pc in September compared to the same month last year.
An annual rise of 4.8pc in the alcoholic beverages and tobacco sector was among the most dramatic changes, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
This was partly attributed to the additional levy placed on alcohol sold in off licences and supermarkets. The same price increase of almost 5pc was experienced across the education sector.
The latest Consumer Price Index was also impacted by a hike of 2pc in the price of miscellaneous goods and services, largely due to higher health insurance premiums.
However, the overall annual CPI was balanced by decreases across a number of sectors, most significantly in communications (-4.5pc) as mobile phone costs dropped and in clothing and footwear (-4.1pc) as the sector was impacted by poor sales.
A drop in furnishing sales also impacted the household goods sector (-3.9pc) and transport costs fell 2.7pc as a result of lower petrol and diesel prices, in addition to airfare decreases.
In a month on month comparison, however, consumer prices actually decreased by 0.1pc in September compared with the previous month.