Year-on-year, cost of transport decreased by 3.5 percent, compared to a 5.6 percent decline reported in February. Cost of leisure and culture also declined by 0.4 percent. Prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 0.4 percent, following a 0.2 percent rise in the previous month. In contrast, housing cost decreased by 2.0 percent from a 1.9 percent decline in February, due to lower prices of gas, electricity and other services.
Core inflation was recorded at 0.2 percent for the third consecutive month.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.6 percent in March after increasing 0.2 percent in February. Price increases were reported for: transport (+2.2 percent); clothing and footwear (+4.3 percent); leisure and culture (+0.8 percent) and hotels, cafe and resturants (+0.3 percent). In contrast, prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages declined by 0.5 percent.
The EU-harmonized index decreased 0.8 percent year-on-year but rose 2.0 percent month-over-month.