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Switzerland Inflation March 2020

Switzerland: Consumer prices fall at sharper rate in March

Consumer prices rose 0.1% over the prior month in March, matching February’s rise. A sharp drop in prices of transport; recreation and culture; and healthcare underpinned the headline reading. Moreover, prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages also trended lower in the month.

Conversely, consumer prices fell 0.5% year-on-year in March, down from the 0.1% decline in February. Likewise, core consumer prices fell 0.1% in March, contrasting February’s 0.1% rise. Meanwhile, average inflation edged down to 0.2% in March from 0.3% in February.

Looking ahead, deflationary pressures are likely to intensify given the strong franc, cheap global oil prices and declining domestic demand.

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