TOKYO, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government said Friday that the country's consumer prices were up 0.8 percent in August from a year earlier for the third straight month of increase.
The core consumer price index, excluding fresh foods, stood at 100.4 against the 2010 base of 100, said the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
The ministry said that a narrower margin of decline and an increase in some durable goods pushed up overall prices, in addition to rising energy prices.
Prices of recreational durable goods including television rose 0.1 percent, rising into positive area for the first time since January 1992.
Gasoline prices jumped 13.2 percent and electricity prices increased 8.9 percent, said the ministry.
The core consumer prices index for Tokyo's 23 wards in September, which indicates the trends of nationwide price moves, rose 0.2 percent to 99.5, marking the fifth straight monthly gain.