Unemployment in March, has remained, as in February, at 8.6% of the economically active population. In this case, if we exclude the seasonal effect, the unemployment rate increased slightly, but still accounts for less than 8 percent. Turnover retailers with the exception of seasonality has remained at the level of February. Compared with March 2009, the growth of retail trade turnover has accelerated and was 2.9 percent. For I quarter 2010 consumption rose by 0.8% compared to the IY quarter of 2009 (With the exception of seasonal and calendar factors) and 1.3 relative to the I quarter of last year. The volume of consumption has exceeded pre-crisis level of I quarter of 2008. In March, inflation in the consumer market was 0.6% versus 0.9% in February 2010 and 1.3% in March 2009. During January-March increase in prices was 3.2% (last year – 5.4 percent).
For the period year to year inflation rate continues to decline – in March it was 6.5% (in February – 7.2 percent). Earlier this year, a significant contribution to inflation have made the traditional increase in the early years of regulated tariffs: for services organizations Housing for the three months prices have increased by 12%, but lower than a year ago (17.9%), increased tariffs for services communication by 2,9%, payment for transportation of municipal passenger transport – by 8.6 percent. Increase in regulated tariffs introduced in inflation in January-March 2010 1.1 pp (Last year – 1.4 percentage points). Real effective exchange rate was over the first three months of this year, 7.3%, including in March – 2.4%. The nominal effective exchange rate has strengthened in March and by 2.4%, and in general for the January-March – at 5.6 percent. It is estimated that in March this year, the ruble in real terms to dollar by 2.3% against the euro – 2,5%, the pound sterling – 6%, the Swiss franc – 1.9%, the Japanese yen – 2.6%, weakening the Canadian dollar – 0.4 percent. In January-March (at the rate in March 2010 to December 2009), the real appreciation ruble against the dollar stood at 3.8%, to EUR – 12.2%, the pound sterling – 12%, the Swiss franc – 8.2%, the Japanese yen – 5.5%, the Canadian dollar – 0.