Consumer prices were flat in September compared to the same month last year, the first time since August 1999 that inflation remained unchanged on-year.
Consumer prices had increased at around one percent since November.
Compared to a year ago, lettuce prices fell 49.8 percent, zucchinis 46.9 percent and leeks 37.5 percent.
Economic authorities expect prices to return to one percent-level growth in October, but prices of agricultural, dairy and fisheries as well as petroleum products are continuing to drop, leading to forecasts of inflation remaining in the one-percent range until February next year. As a result, the annual growth rate for this year will probably remain in the low one-percent range.