The consumer price index increased 1.7 percent year-on-year in March, markedly slower than the 2.1 percent growth seen in February. The latest inflation rate was the lowest since August 2011, when prices moved up 1.7 percent.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages prices rose 2.4 percent annually, while clothing and footwear prices decreased 3.6 percent. There was a 6.9 percent annual increase in housing costs during the month, and a 3.8 percent gain in transportation costs.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices advanced 2.8 percent in March, reversing the 1.5 percent decrease seen in the previous month.
The harmonized index of consumer prices (HICP), measured under the EU methodology, increased 1.4 percent annually in March, following the previous month’s 1.7 percent rise. Month-on-month, the HICP advanced 2.9 percent, recovering from the previous month’s 1.7 percent decrease.
(source: ELSTAT, rttnews)