Medicine and health services category behind increase.
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in March rose 0.57 per cent against February and 1.69 per cent against March 2015, according to the General Statistics Office. The first quarter figure was therefore 1.25 per cent year-on-year.
The medicine and health service category contributed the most to the increase, rising 24.34 per cent against February.
The other nine categories, meanwhile, all fell, in which transport was down 3.64 per cent against February, cigarettes and alcohol 0.54 per cent, and clothing 17 per cent.
Ho Chi Minh City’s CPI in March rose 0.09 per cent compared to February and 0.64 per cent against March 2015, the City’s Statistics Office reported.
Of the eleven categories, only five increased compared to February.
Medicine and health services also topped this list, increasing 8.69 percent, after health service prices rose from March 1.
Hanoi’s CPI in March also rose slightly compared to February but specific figures are yet to be released.
According to the Hanoi Statistics Office the increase can also be largely attributed to medicine and health service prices rising on March 1.