March 29 (Reuters) - Italian EU-harmonised consumer prices (HICP) rose a preliminary 2.3 percent month-on-month in March, with the year-on-year inflation rate easing to +1.8 percent from +2.0 percent in February, data showed on Friday.
The HICP was roughly in line with the median forecast of +2.2 pct m/m, +1.8 pct y/y in a Reuters survey of analysts.
The +1.8 percent annual rate for the HICP was the lowest since September 2010, official statistics agency ISTAT said.
ISTAT also reported that the main domestic price index (NIC), rose a preliminary 0.3 percent on the month, up 1.7 percent annually, slightly below the median forecast of +0.4 pct m/m, +1.8 pct y/y in Reuters' survey.
The annual rate for the NIC was the lowest since November 2010, ISTAT said.
ISTAT gave the following preliminary breakdown:
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