Core consumer prices, which strip out volatile items like fresh food and energy, rose by 2 per cent Y/Y versus 2.5 per cent in February.
U.S. consumer prices rose 2.4% year-over-year in March, making for their largest annual gain in a year.
Yet the rate of inflation over the past 12 months rose to 2.4% from 2.2% and hit a one-year high.
Gasonline prices fell 4.9%.
The consumer price index (CPI) rose 2.1 per cent from a year earlier, well below expectations of 2.6 per cent and slowing from February's gain of 2.9 per cent, due to seasonal declines in food, transport and tourism prices.
March data for China's price rises were released this morning and came in below February's and below forecasts.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell 0.1 percent after rising 0.2 percent in February.
Egypt's annual consumer price inflation slipped to 13.1 percent in March 2018, compared to 32.5 percent in the same month of 2017, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
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The CPI increased y/y in all sectors, except in the health sector, where it was flat.
If inflation climbs any faster, the central bank is likely to raise USA interest rates more aggressively.
The advance in the core CPI brought the three-month annualized gain to 2.9 percent, after 3.1 percent in February.
The Federal Reserve tracks a different index, the personal consumption expenditures price index excluding food and energy, which has consistently run below the central bank's 2 per cent target since mid-2012.
The core CPI's pickup will help reinforce the view of policy makers that inflation had been weighed down by transient factors such as the unusual weakness in the cost of wireless-phone services.
The Fed raised interest rates in March and has penciled in at least two more increases this year, assuming inflation continues to rise toward its target and the labor market remains tight. Their inflation-adjusted hourly earnings rose 0.4% while the length of the number of hours per week they worked was unchanged.
The annual rate was well below the 2.9% level reported in February and forecasts for a smaller decrease to 2.6%. Apparel prices fell 0.6 percent after two straight months of robust increases.
That's not to say everything was cheaper last month.
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