Prices increased at a faster pace for food & non-alcoholic beverages (3.5 from 2.9 percent in February), clothing & footwear (1.2 percent from 1.1 percent), furnishings & household equipment (1.0 percent from 0.4 percent), and transport (6.4 percent from 6.0 percent). Prices of utilities rose at a 1.1 percent pace following no change in the previous month.
In contrast, prices increased at a softer pace for communication (0.2 percent from 0.8 percent in February), miscellaneous goods & services (2.8 percent from 3.1 percent), health (1.1 percent from 1.2 percent), and recreation & culture (1.0 percent from 1.1 percent).
Meanwhile, prices rose at the same pace for liquor & tobacco (1.4 percent), education (1.3 percent), and restaurants & hotels (2.3 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices remained unchanged following a 0.3 percent rise in February.