Year-on-year, transport cost recorded the highest drop (-2.1 percent), followed by housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (-1.4 percent). Additional downward pressures came from communication (-0.9 percent) and recreation and culture (-0.8 percent).
In contrast, prices of alcoholic beverages and tobacco rose the most (3 percent), followed by education (1.8 percent) and food and non-alcoholic beverages (1.1 percent).
Excluding energy and unprocessed food, core inflation was 0.4 percent (down from 0.6 percent in the previous month); excluding energy, the inflation was 0.5 percent (0.2 percent lower than in February 2015).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices are expected to increase at a slower 0.1 percent (0.4 percent in February). While cost of non-regulated energy products rose 3.9 percent, prices of fresh vegetables dropped 3.2 percent due to seasonal factors.
The EU harmonised index rose 2 percent month-on-month but fell 0.1 percent year-on-year.