15:12 | 25/03/2016 Society
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in March rose 0.57% over February and saw a year-on-year increase of 1.69%, according to the General Statistics Office.
The CPI in March inched up 0.99% compared to December last year. The average CPI in the first quarter of 2016 picked up 1.25% in comparison with the same period last year.
The increase in the CPI in March was mainly attributed to the increase in prices of health care and education services.
Among the 11 calculated commodities, medicine and health care service saw the highest increase in price with 24.34%, followed by education up 0.66%.
The prices of other nine commodities went down, including transport down 3.64%, beverage and tobacco down 0.54% and food and restaurants down 0.48%.
The gold price hiked 4.87% while the US$ decreased 0.38%./.