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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%.


In the 1st quarter of 2006, 14 mln tons of freight were carried by rail, a decrease of 5.7% compared to the 1st quarter of 2005,


The data of Central Statistical Bureau show that in April of this year, in comparison with the preceding month, the turnover of retail trade enterprises (calculated in comparable prices) has remained at the previous level, but, compared to April 2005, it has increased by 14.0%.


Compared to the corresponding quarter of 2005, the unit value of exported goods in the 1st quarter of 2006 increased on average by 5.4% and the unit value of imported goods rose by 10.2%, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.


Compared to March, producer prices in Latvian industry in April 2006 increased by 0.3%, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.


The Central Statistical Bureau has conducted its current survey of persons crossing the state border at the border checkpoints.

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