Compared with the same month of the previous year, cost of fuels for transport (-11.7 percent), heating oil (-26 percent) and gas (-6.8 percent) fell sharply while prices of restaurants and cafés (+1.6 percent), rents (+1 percent) and tobacco (+2 percent) rose by the most.
Negative annual rates were observed in seventeen Member States. The lowest annual rates were registered in Romania (-2.6 percent), Bulgaria (-2.5 percent) and Cyprus (-2.1 percent), while the highest annual rates were recorded in Belgium (+1.5 percent) and Sweden (+1 percent). Compared with March 2016, annual inflation fell in thirteen Member States, remained stable in seven and rose in eight.
The monthly index was unchanged, following a 1.2 percent gain in March and matching market expectations. Higher prices of non-energy industrial goods (+0.6 percent) and unprocessed food (+0.5 percent) were offset by a decline in cost of services (-0.4 percent).