Compared to March of 2016, prices rose faster for: food and non-alcoholic drinks (18.56 percent compared to 16.5 percent in February), housing and utilities (2.45 percent from 2.33 percent), transport (4.89 percent from 4.26 percent), furnishing and household equipment (3.1 percent from 3.04 percent), miscellaneous goods and services (3.64 percent from percent 3.34 percent) and restaurants and hotels (4.69 percent from 4.32 percent). Additional upward pressure came from clothing and footwear (4.17 percent from 4.32 percent) and alcoholic drinks, tobacco and narcotics (3.36 percent from 3.5 percent).
Month-on-month, consumer prices rose 1.67 percent following 1.72 percent gain in the previous month. Cost rose at a slower pace for food and non-alcoholic beverages (3.18 percent from 3.28 percent in the previous month), namely spinach, maize flour, milk, potatoes and maize grain, mainly driven by drought conditions. Meanwhile, cost continued to rise for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (0.69 percent from 0.4 percent) mainly due to increases in house rents, cooking fuels and water services.