Year-on-year, inflation eased for transport (6.5 percent from 8.5 percent in February); housing (4.3 percent from 5.9 percent); food and non-alcoholic beverages (1.4 percent from 1.7 percent); hotels, cafés and restaurants (1.2 percent from 1.3 percent) and clothing and footwear (0.8 percent from 0.9 percent). In addition, prices of recreation and culture declined 0.3 percent, following a 1.3 percent gain in February.
Annual core inflation, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, was 0.9 percent, below 1 percent a month earlier.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices were flat, following a 0.4 percent drop in February.
The EU-harmonised index rose 2.1 percent year-on-year, below 3 percent in February. The monthly rate went up to 1.1 percent from -0.3 percent in February.