Belarus: Food prices in Minsk reported up 16.9 percent year-on-year in first nine months of 2009

Retail food prices in Minsk rose by 16.9 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2009, reported the city statistics department.

Wheat flour reportedly increased in price by 25.9 percent year-on-year; milk and dairy products by 22.4 percent; cooked sausages and eggs by 21.8 percent; soft drinks by 21.4 percent; fish and fish products by 21.3 percent; meat and poultry by 18.8 percent; canned fruit and berries by 18.2 percent; cereals, beans, pastas, candies and confectionery by 17.2 percent; canned fish by 17.1 percent; bread and bakery products by 16.5 percent; cheeses by 13.3 percent; alcoholic beverages by 12.6 percent; and butter by 8.4 percent.

Prices of vegetable oil reportedly fell by 26.5 percent.

In the first nine months of the year, potatoes rose in price by 33.3 percent; tomatoes by 12.6 percent; and cucumbers by 0.3 percent. Prices of cabbages decreased by 26.1 percent; carrots by 19.1 percent; sweet peppers by eight percent and onions by 6.6 percent.

Fruit prices rose by 11.5 percent in the period. In particular, bananas increased in price by 22 percent, grapes by 16.1 percent and citrus fruits by 8.5 percent. Plumbs decreased in price by 10.7 percent and apples by 1.5 percent.

According to the statistics department, non-food consumer goods in Minsk rose in price by 12.1 percent in the first nine months compared with the same period in 2008.

In particular, medicines increased in price by 31 percent year-on-year, building materials by 16.5 percent, bicycles and motorcycles by 16 percent and cigarettes by 13.9 percent.

Services reportedly rose in price by 13.6 percent. In particular, the rates of tourism services increased by 28.1 percent, fitness and sports services by 22.2 percent, consumer services by 19 percent, housing and utility services by 16.9 percent, passenger transportation by 13.1 percent, higher education services by 12.7 percent, preschool/child care services by 9.8 percent, communications services by 6.5 percent, medical services by 4.2 percent and cultural institutions' services by 2.1 percent.



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