According to the General Statistics Office, the country’s consumer price index in March fell the first time since the beginning of this year and since July last year, by 0.19 percent compared to the previous month.
As a result, CPI has risen 2.39 percent in the first three months of this year and 6.64 percent year-on-year.
A decline of 0.19 percent was attributed to four commodity groups, restaurants and catering services with 0.53 percent; beverages and cigarettes with 0.08 percent; transport services with 0.25 percent; and post and telecommunications with 0.05 percent.
Meanwhile, other commodity groups saw an increase of 0.02-0.23 percent with household appliances posting the highest rise.
This month, gold price index slumped 2.73 percent and the US dollar price index rose 0.41 percent compared to the previous month.