Among goods, non-durables were the only category in which prices grew, by an average of 2.2%. Semi-durable and durable goods were down by 5.8% and 0.3%, respectively.
The single biggest contributor to inflation, accounting for a full percentage point of the headline rate, was electricity, where prices increased by almost 39%.
The statisticians however point out that this is a vestige of the plunge in prices a year ago, when electricity-related fees were reduced as a stimulus measure at the outset of the coronavirus epidemic.
The monthly inflation rate was at 0.3%, largely due to pricier oil derivatives (+6.1%) and seasonal changes in clothing and footwear prices (+3.3%).
The harmonised index of consumer prices, an EU benchmark, stood at 0.1% in March.