Brazil's annual inflation rises 6.15 pct in year through March

Wed Apr 9, 2014 8:07am EDT

BRASILIA, April 9 (Reuters) - Brazil's benchmark IPCA
consumer price index rose 6.15 percent in the 12
months through March, accelerating from 5.68 percent in the year
through February, government statistics agency IBGE said on
Wednesday.
    The central bank targets inflation at 4.5 percent, with a
tolerance margin of 2 percentage points.
    On a monthly basis, the IPCA index rose 0.92
percent, above the 0.85 percent median forecast of 37
economists.
    
    Below is the result for each price category:     
    
                                    March    February
 - Food and beverages                1.92        0.56
 - Housing                           0.33        0.77
 - Household articles                0.38        1.07
 - Apparel                           0.31       -0.40
 - Transport                         1.38       -0.05
 - Health and personal care          0.43        0.74
 - Personal expenses                 0.79        0.69
 - Education                         0.53        5.97
 - Communication                    -1.26        0.14
                                                     
 - IPCA                              0.92        0.69
 
 (Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Writing by Silvio Cascione;
Editing by Bernadette Baum)
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