Life remains a lot more expensive than last year; vegetables and meat drive inflation | NOW

Inflation, or the degree to which life becomes more expensive, stood at 9.6 percent in April, slightly lower than 9.7 percent in March. This is reported by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Tuesday.

Energy and fuel prices depressed inflation, while foodstuffs have become more expensive.

The prices of electricity, gas and district heating had a downward effect on inflation. Energy was 136 percent more expensive in April than a year earlier, in March the difference was still 157 percent.

Fuels were 24.8 percent more expensive in April than twelve months previously, in March they were still 36.5 percent more expensive. The cabinet has reduced the excise duty on motor fuels for the period from 1 April to 31 December.

In April, an average of 2.09 euros was paid for 1 liter of petrol, in March it was 2.29 euros. The average price of 1 liter of diesel decreased from 2.12 euros in March to 2 euros in April.

Foods were 8.5 percent more expensive in April than a year earlier, compared to a difference of 6.2 percent in March. The price of meat, in particular, rose: the year-on-year increase rose from 5.5 percent in March to 10.5 percent in April. Vegetables, dairy products and bread and grains also became more expensive.

Furthermore, more had to be paid for a stay in a bungalow park.

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