Taipei--Taiwan's consumer price index (CPI) in March edged up 0.18 percent from a year earlier, with transportation and communications fees seeing the largest increases, according to government figures released Thursday.
In March, transportation and communications costs rose 2.78 percent, mainly due to a 18.28 percent rise in long-distance bus fares and a 15.63 percent hike in fuel prices, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said.
The increases were partially offset by a 2.49 percent fall in Internet fees and a 2.28 percent drop in mobile phone fees, the DGBAS went on.
Food prices, meanwhile, were down 1.72 percent, largely reflecting a 38.34 percent decrease in vegetable prices and a 12.24 percent fall in egg prices, it said.
The decreases were partially offset by increases in fruit, seafood and dining-out prices, which were up 13.81 percent, 4.1 percent and 1.96 percent, respectively, according to the DGBAS.
Core CPI, which excludes the prices of vegetables, fruit and energy, rose 0.95 percent year-on-year, it said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel