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Consumer price index in October

Fruit and veg noticeably more expensive

Compared to the declining price development in the preceding months, the inflation rate rose in October, but stayed moderate with + 0.5 percent in the annual comparison and + 0.1 percent compared to the previous month. Some food products were noticeably more expensive, among which were fruit and vegetables.

Since a year ago, the average price level for food products and alcohol-free drinks has increased by an average 2.1 percent. Considerable differences were observed, however. The consumers have spent considerably more on vegetables including potatoes and on fruit, with respectively +13.8 percent and +8.3 percent on the annual comparison.

Some items stay far above that. Cauliflower for instance was around two-thirds more expensive than in October 2014. Bell pepper around almost half. On the annual comparison, consumers had to take note of clear price increases for leek, or celery (+ 33 percent), potatoes (+ 31 percent), tomatoes (+ 28 percent) and carrots (+ 23 percent) as well as pears (+ 19 percent) and apples (+ 15 percent).

On the other hand, cucumbers (-1.8 percent compared to last year, -29 percent compared to last month) and oranges (+0.8 percent compared to last year, -7.7 percent compared to last month) were comparatively cheap, as were dairy products and eggs at -6.0 percent compared to last year and +0.7 percent compared to last month, but also sugar at -16.5 percent compared to last year and +0.4 percent compared to previous months.

Source: www.statistik-mv.de

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