Compared to March 2015, transport cost fell 5.9 percent, housing and utilities declined 1.0 percent and furnishings, clothing and footwear declined 2.3 percent, household equipment and routine household maintenance dropped 2.9 percent and food and non-alcoholic beverages went down 0.5 percent.
There were increases in miscellaneous goods and services (+4.3 percent), education (+3.8 percent), alcoholic beverages and tobacco (+0.4 percent) and restaurants and hotels (+1.7 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose at the same pace as in February, by 0.4 percent. The divisions which caused the largest upward contribution were clothing and footwear (prices up 3.3 percent) and restaurants and hotels (prices up 0.7 percent) while cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages fell 0.9 percent.
The harmonized index fell 0.6 percent year-on-year and rose 0.3 percent during the month.