Year-on-year, downward pressures came from: transport (-9.7 percent in March from -11.1 in the preceding month), recreation & culture (-0.9 percent from +0.1 percent) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (-0.4 percent from +0.4 percent). Cost of communication also declined by 0.1 percent, following a 0.1 percent drop in the previous month.
Prices moderated for: food and non-alcoholic beverages (+0.6 percent from +1.6 percent); clothing and footwear (+1.7 percent from +1.8 percent); furnishing, household equipment & routine maintenance (+2.7 percent from +2.8 percent); health (+1.1 percent from +1.2 percent); education (+1.5 percent from +1.7 percent) and miscellaneous goods and services (+3.0 percent from +3.3 percent). Prices increased only for alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+49.8 percent from +49.6 percent) and reataurants & hotels (+2.2 percent from +1.6 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat in March.
Annual core inflation, which strips out volatile energy and food prices, slowed to 2.1 percent from 2.3 percent in the previous month.