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The average consumer price level in January 2006 rose by 1.1% in comparison with December 2005. Prices for goods increased by 1.0% and prices for services went up by 1.1%.


Compared to December of the previous year, seasonally adjusted industrial output in December 2005 rose by 9.1% (31.3% in mining and quarrying, 8.9% in manufacturing and 8.7% in electricity, gas and water supply).


Compared to November, retail trade turnover at constant prices(seasonally not adjusted data) in December 2005 increased by 33.3% but comparedto December 2004, it rose by 23.2%.


The volume of cargo reloaded at the ports of Latvia in 2005 was 60 mln tons, an increase of 4.6% compared to 2004, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.


Producer prices over the year (December 2005 over December 2004) in Latvian industry have increased on average by 7.0%. Compared to November, producer prices have increased by 0.4%.


Compared with the 4th quarter of 2004, construction costs in Latvia in the 4th quarter of 2005 rose on average by 13.6%


The value of exports in November 2005 was 262.3 mln lats, an increase of 4.4 mln lats or 1.7% compared to the previous month and an increase of 64.2 mln lats or 32.4%, compared to November 2004.


The Central Statistical Bureau has been conducting a labour force survey of Latvia for already the 11th successive year striving to obtain information by interviewing households about the economic activity of the population of Latvia, that is, employment and unemployment, gender, age, education qualification of the population and the breakdown of the labour force by kind of economic activity and occupation.


Compared to November, consumer prices in December decreased by 0.1% (a decrease of 0.2% for goods and an increase of 0.2% for services).


Compared with November of the previous year, seasonally adjusted industrial production output in November 2005 increased by 7.0% (an increase of 43.7% in mining and quarrying, 10.1% in manufacturing and a decrease of 4.6% in electricity, gas and water supply), according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

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