Among food prices, vegetables (20.19 percent) and fruits (19.59 percent) recorded the highest annual increase.
On a monthly basis, food prices grew the most (1.92 percent), as the drought affected crops in some regions, hurting food supply. Prices of tomatoes rose 32.85 percent, potatoes 35 percent and beans 11.8 percent.
Among regions, food prices rose the most in Porto Alegre (4.21 percent), Campo Grande (3.74 percent), Curitiba (3.52 percent) and in Rio de Janeiro (3.26 percent).
Additional upward pressures came from cost of transport (+1.38 percent month-over-month), mainly due to higher prices of airline tickets (+26.49 percent) and ethanol (4.07 percent).
In contrast, housing prices slowed to 0.33 percent in March and health cost decelerated to 0.43 percent from 0.74 percent in February.