Year-on-year, energy prices dropped 7 percent and especially non-regulated energy products (-11.2 percent).
Also, cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages declined by 0.4 percent, unchanged from February; and transport prices dropped further by 3.1 percent, compared to 2.7 percent fall in the previous month.
Additional downward pressure came from: housing and utilities (-0.7 percent); and communications (-0.1 percent). In contrast, prices of restaurants and hotels (+1 percent), health (+0.3 percent), recreation and culture (+1.2 percent), furnishings and household equipment (+0.4 percent) and clothing and footwear (+0.5 percent) rose.
Annual core inflation rate (excluding energy and unprocessed food) was recorded at 0.6 percent, up from 0.5 percent registered in February.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 0.2 percent, accelerating from 0.2 percent drop in the previous month and matching first estimates. Cost of transportation increased 0.8 percent and restaurants and hotels edged up 0.3 percent.
Harmonised consumer prices decreased by 0.2 percent year-on year while grew 2.1 percent on the month.