Ivory Coast March inflation drops to 0.6 pct

Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:58pm GMT

ABIDJAN, April 30 (Reuters) - Year-on-year inflation in Ivory Coast fell to 0.6 percent in March from 2.0 percent in February, figures from the National Statistics Institute showed on Monday.

The monthly report showed food and soft drinks declined 2.8 percent, power, gas and water prices climbed 1 percent, communication slipped 6.1 percent, and healthcare rose 0.1 percent.

Ivory Coast's economy makes up around 40 percent of the eight-nation West African CFA franc currency zone. (Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly; Editing by Joe Bavier)

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