Turkey posted a 16.19% annual rise in consumer prices in March, the country's statistical authority announced on Monday.
The annual figure increased by 0.58 percentage points last month, rising from 15.61% in February, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat).
Month-on-month, the consumer price index climbed by 1.08% in March.
Economists polled by Anadolu Agency last week projected the inflation rate would be 16.21%.
Under the new economic program announced by the government last September, Turkey's inflation rate target for this year is 8%, while the Central Bank's year-end inflation forecast for 2021 is 9.4%.