Year-on-year, cost of transport (40 percent from 30.4 percent in February) and clothing and footwear (21 percent from 19.4 percent) rose at a faster pace. In contrast, prices of housing, water, electricity and gas (39.6 percent from 41 percent); miscellaneous goods and services (18.3 percent from 19.7 percent) and hotels, cafes and restaurants (15.9 percent from 16.9 percent) increased at a slower pace. Meantime, food inflation remained steady at 8.3 percent.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 1.7 percent compared to a 0.7 percent rise in February. Transport prices went up by 8.3 percent; food by 0.7 percent; housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels by 0.6 percent and clothing and footwear by 1.5 percent.