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Compared to December 2009, producer prices in Latvian industry in January 2010 increased by 0.8%. Rise of overall price level was characteristic for exported products where prices increased by 2.8%, but price level of goods sold on the domestic market in January decreased by 0.4%.
In 2009 sown areas of cereals comprised 540 thsd ha, and it is 3.4 thsd ha or 0.6% less than in 2008, but if compared to the average volume of last five years, the sown areas of cereals increased by 9%.
New data have been published in sections: Prices; Public order and justice; Housing; Trade and Services; Construction; Industry; Foreign trade.
In 2009 construction volume (at current prices) comprised LVL 1018.9 mln, of which in the 4th quarter – LVL 249.5 mln.
In 2009 improvement of foreign trade balance was observed, as the exports share in total foreign trade volume increased up to 43.5% (in 2008 – 37.0%).
During the last five years housing maintenance expenditure has almost doubled, and on average per month each household in 2009 spent LVL 87 on hosing maintenance.
Compared to 4th quarter of 2008, the number of building permits granted for the construction of residential and non-residential buildings, as well as for capital repairs, reconstruction and restoration of such buildings in 4th quarter of 2009 has decreased.
Compared to November 2009 manufacturing turnover at current prices (according to seasonally adjusted data) in December 2009 decreased by 0.6%, of which in domestic market - by 5.2% and in exports there was a growth of 5.0%.
In the 4th quarter of 2009 compared to the same period of 2008 gross domestic product (GDP) value has decreased by 17.7%. It was determined by volume reduction in retail trade by 30%, in industry – by 7%, in public administration – by 15%.
In December 2009 the total foreign trade turnover at current prices reached 701.3 mln lats – less by 1.8% or 12.9 mln lats than a month before and less by 15.5% or 129.0 mln lats than in December last year.
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