Among food prices, the highest increases came from fresh fruits (+6.7 percent in March from +4.1 percent in February), egg (+5.6 percent from +11.4 percent) and fresh vegetables (+0.4 percent from +4.3 percent). Prices of pork also increased by 2.0 percent, following a 1.5 percent drop in February. In contrast, prices of liquid milk and dairy products declined by 1.7 percent after a 1.5 percent fall in the previous month.
For non-food categories, upward pressures came from prices of: education services (+3.2 percent from +2.9 percent) and Western medicines (+1.4 percent from +1.3 percent). In contrast, downward pressures came from prices of: transport and communication (-1.5 percent from -1.7 percent), travel (-1.3 percent from +1.6 percent) and liqueur (-1.4 percent from -1.5 percent). While prices remained stable for clothing (+3.0 percent), health care services (+1.6 percent) and water, electricity, fuel (-1.9 percent), cost moderated for household services and maintenance services (+1.2 percent from 9.8 percent).
On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined by 0.5 percent in March, following a 1.2 percent increase in the preceding month.
The producer price index fell by 4.6 percent from a yer earlier in March, improving from a 4.8 percent drop in February. The index has been in a persistent decline since March 2012.