The leading German index closed 1.1 percent weaker at 18,283 points. The MDax for medium-sized companies fell by 0.9 percent to 26,811 points.

In March, consumer prices were 2.2 percent higher than in the same month last year. This is the lowest value since April 2021 when it was 2.0 percent. In the USA too, doubts about an imminent change in interest rates by the US Federal Reserve Bank are causing problems for the stock markets.