Consumer price level in January 2006

08.02.2006

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%.

A rise in the prices of vegetables, alcoholic beverages and heating as well as the fall in the prices of wearing apparel and footwear had the greatest impact on consumer price changes in January.

Under the influence of seasonal changes the prices of vegetables rose by 22.6%. Fruit, fresh fish and soft drinks also became more expensive. There were decreases in the prices of selected milk and meat products.

In January there was an increase in the prices of alcoholic beverages, heating, natural gas, water supply and materials used for dwelling maintenance and repair.

There was a rise in the prices of health services, printed media, cultural services and fuel.

Following a price decrease in the last months of the previous year, the prices of automotive fuel have gone up.

Along with the continuation of the sale of seasonal goods the prices of wearing apparel and footwear decreased in January.

Compared to January of the previous year, consumer prices have increased by 7.5% (7.8% for goods and 6.6% for services).

Consumer price change by commodity groups, %:

Commodity group

December 2005 -
January 2006

January 2005 -
January 2006

Total

1.1

7.5

Food

1.9

9.5

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco

2.2

9.1

Clothing and footwear

-4.9

1.1

Housing, water, electricity, gas and fuels

2.7

11.4

Furnishing, household equipment and operation

0.0

3.1

Health care

1.7

10.8

Transport

1.0

10.6

Communication

1.0

-7.0

Recreation and culture

1.3

3.7

Education

0.2

9.1

Hotels and public catering

0.5

11.3

Miscellaneous goods and services

0.5

5.6

For further information:

Consumer Price Indices Section
Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Oskars Alksnis 371-7366865