Argentina reports March inflation at a quicker 0.7 percent

BUENOS AIRES, April 12 Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:07pm EDT

BUENOS AIRES, April 12 (Reuters) - Argentina's official inflation was reported at 0.7 percent in March, speeding up from February's 0.5 percent rate but falling below the reading from March 2012 thanks to price accords with retailers, government data showed on Friday.

The country's inflation figures are widely disputed and private economists estimated that consumer prices rose by 1.9 percent last month, according to the median in a Reuters poll of five analysts.