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Compared to March, total retail trade turnover in April 2010 has decreased by 0.4%, according to seasonally adjusted data, calculating at constant prices.


At the beginning of 2010 in Latvia there were 2million 248 thousand persons, a drop of 12.9 thousand persons compared to the previous year.


Compared to March 2010, producer prices in Latvian industry in April 2010 increased by 2.2%.


In comparison with the 1st quarter of 2009, number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments in the 1st quarter of 2010 decreased by 0.3% and comprised 191.0 thsd people.


Reasons which prevented Latvian population from trips were financial conditions (56%), lack of time (13%), lack of interest (8%). Other reasons were mentioned by 23% respondents.


New data have been published in sections: Prices; Indicators of banks; Employment and unemployment; Personal income; Housing; Construction; Industry; Foreign trade; General agricultural indicators; Livestock.


Compared to the corresponding period of previous year, the number of active population in 1st quarter of 2010 has reduced by 5.2%.


Compared to the 1st quarter of 2009, 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 1st quarter of 2010 has decreased, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau.


Compared to the 1st quarter of 2009, construction in Latvia in 1st quarter of 2010 decreased by 43.4%, according to the working day adjusted data at constant prices.


In January - March 2010 total volume of goods in foreign trade of Latvia at current prices reached 2094.1 mln lats – an increase of 69.3 mln lats or 3.4%, if compared to January – March 2009.

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