Hong Kong March CPI rises 0.5 pct y/y

April 21 (Reuters) - Hong Kong March consumer price data:

* HK's headline CPI rose 0.5 pct in March, year on year

* HK's underlying CPI rose 1.3 pct in March, year on year

KEY DATA

Percent change from a year earlier

2017 2016

March Feb Jan Dec Nov Oct

Composite CPI 0.5 -0.1 1.3 1.2 1.2 1.2

Underlying Composite 1.3 0.7 2.1 2.0 2.1 2.1

CPI change**

**Inflation excluding the effects of one-off government relief

measures.

Percent change from previous month

2017 2016

March Feb Jan Dec Nov Oct

Composite CPI 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.2

For the three-month period ended March 2017, the monthly

average rate of composite CPI was virtually nil, versus a 0.1

decrease in the December 2016 to February 2017 period.

LINKS

To view the full details of the CPI data, click on the Hong

Kong government website: http://bit.ly/2owZHgh

http://bit.ly/2oQINgh

(Reporting by Twinnie Siu in HONG KONG; Editing by Biju

Dwarakanath)