Canadians paid 2.0 percent more for goods and services in December than a year earlier, the government statistical agency said Friday.
The figure closing out 2018 was slightly higher than economists had forecast, after a 1.7 percent average price hike the previous month.
Statistics Canada noted higher prices in December for airfares during the holiday season, travel tours, telephone services, restaurant meals, fresh vegetables, and passenger vehicle insurance.
Mortgage interest costs also rose in the month.
These bigger outlays, however, were partially offset by crude oil prices that continued to fall amid a global supply glut, pushing down gasoline prices.