The Extended Consumer Price Index (IPCA) of March changed 0.47 percent and stood 0.13 percentage points below the rate of 0.60 percent registered in February. In the first quarter of the year, the change was at 1,94 percent, above the 1,22 percent result of the first quarter of 2012. Considering the last 12 months, the index was at 6.59 percent, also above the 6.31 percent relative to the 12 preceding months. In March of 2012 the rate was at 0.21 percent.
The categories which registered the highest mom price increases were: food and beverages (1.14 percent); education (0.56 percent); personal expenses (0.54 percent), and housing (0.51 percent).