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Cost of living, retail prices on the rise

Compared to Sept. 2020, the Oct. 2020 Consumer Price Index was 100.1%. Increases were registered in cigarettes by 5.2%; fresh or frozen vegetables (other than potatoes and other tubers) by 4.2%; fats by 3.7%; sweeteners, chocolate and confectionery by 0.9%; and wine by 0.2%.

In October, there was also an increase in the indices of footwear by 2.0%, jewellery, clocks and watches by 1.6%, paramedical services, gardens, plants and flowers by 1.5%, gas for household, solid fuels by 1.4%, maintenance and repair of personal transport equipment, information processing equipment by 1.1%, games, toys and hobbies, cultural services by 0.3%.

A decrease in the Consumer Price index in October 2020, in comparison with the previous month, was registered in fresh or chilled fruit by 4.7%, fish and seafood by 0.7%, food products n.e.c by 0.5%, meat by 0.4% and beer by 0.2%.

In October, there was also a decrease in the indices of photographic and cinematographic equipment and optical instruments by 8.4%, equipment for reception, recording and reproduction of sound and vision by 3.0%, liquid fuels for household by 0.8%, small electric household appliances, motor cars by 0.6%, books by 0.4%, household textiles, hairdressing salons and personal grooming establishments by 0.3%, furniture and furnishings, spare parts for personal transport equipment, other services in respect of personal transport equipment, recording media, pets and related products by 0.2%.

The Consumer Price Index in October 2020, in comparison with October 2019, increased by 2.1%, while the Retail Price Index increased by 1.0%.

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