Consumer price level in April 2006

10.05.2006

Compared with March 2006, the average consumer price level in April 2006 rose by 0.6%. Prices for goods increased by 0.8% and prices for services went up by 0.1%.

The rise in the prices of automotive fuel, wearing apparel and footwear as well as a fall in the prices of telecommunications services had the greatest impact on consumer price changes in April.

Following a period of price stability for a couple of months, automotive fuel in April became more expensive. The most rapid increases were in the prices of motor petrol whereas motor gas became slightly cheaper.

With the sales campaigns coming to an end and with new seasonal products appearing in the trade outlets, the prices of wearing apparel and footwear have increased.

Prices for catering services continued to go up. The increase was mainly in the prices of alcoholic beverages offered by catering establishments.

Health services in April became more expensive. The prices of non-alcoholic beverages, especially tea, coffee and mineral water also increased. Sugar, confectionery and fresh meat also became more expensive.

The prices of telecommunications services continued to go down mainly due to the lower pre-paid tariffs for mobile phone conversations. There were decreases in the prices of TV sets, audio, video and computer equipment, sports and recreational accessories and cut flowers.

In comparison with April of the previous year, consumer prices have increased by 6.1% (6.4% for goods and 5.3% for services).

Consumer price change by commodity groups, %:

Commodity group

April 2005 -
April 2006

December 2005 -
April 2006

March 2006 -
April 2006

Total

6.1

2.3

0.6

Food

7.2

3.3

0.6

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco

8.2

3.2

0.3

Clothing and footwear

0.4

-2.3

2.1

Housing, water, electricity, gas and fuels

12.8

5.5

0.1

Furnishing, household equipment and operation

3.3

0.9

-0.1

Health care

4.5

3.6

1.0

Transport

6.4

2.7

2.5

Communication

-8.9

-3.1

-2.2

Recreation and culture

3.0

1.2

-0.5

Education

9.1

0.2

0.0

Hotels and public catering

12.0

1.9

0.6

Miscellaneous goods and services

5.9

1.8

1.0

For further information:

Consumer Price Indices Section
Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
Viktoria Gaigala 371-7366867