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Compared to April, the turnover of retail trade in current pricesin May of this year has slightly increased by 6.5%, while, compared to May 2005, it has increased by 20.8%.


During 1st quarter of 2006, a survey amongst population was carried out regarding their travel within the boundaries of Republic of Latvia and outside them. Residents in the age from 15 to 74 were inquired.


Compared to April, producer prices in Latvian industry in May 2006 increased by 1.4%,


A survey on usage of information and communications technologies (ICT) was carried out by CSB with financial support of European Commission. The main purpose of the survey was to obtain data on usage of computers and Internet in households and amongst population.


The value of exports in April 2006 decreased by 4.2% or 11.3 mln lats compared to the previous month but increased by 4.1% or 10.1 mln lats compared to April 2005, reaching 258.4 mln lats.


Compared with April, the average consumer price level in May 2006 increased by 1.2%. Prices for goods rose by 1.4% and prices for services went up by 0.7%.


Compared to April of the previous year, industrial output according to seasonally adjusted data rose in April 2006 by 4.3%, including 3.9% in processing, 6.0% in electricity, gas and water supply, and decreased by 2.6% in mining and quarrying.


Consumption prices in 1st quarter of 2006, in comparison with 1st quarter of 2005, have grown by 7.0%, while the total average net wages in the country within this period have grown by 19.2%. The actual wages growth was 11.4%.

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