Prices for fruits, vegetables in Uzbekistan increases by over 20.5%

Business Materials 1 May 2019 12:45 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 1

By Fakhri Vakilov – Trend:

Consumer prices for goods and services in Uzbekistan rose by an average of 0.9 percent in April, Trend reports with reference to the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan.

The goods for the month went up by 1 percent, including food - by 1 percent, non-food - by 1.1 percent. Services have become more expensive by 0.6 percent.

In general, in January-April, foodstuffs went up by 7.4 percent, non-food products - by 3.9 percent, services - by 3.1 percent.

In annual terms (April 2019 compared to April 2018), prices for food products increased by 16 percent, non-food products - by 11.1 percent, services - 13.3 percent.

In the group of food products, for the second month in a row, the lead in price growth belongs to fruits, vegetables and dairy products (2.4 percent and 1.1 percent respectively for the month).

Prices for eggs have been falling for the third month in a row (in February - by 0.2 percent, in March - by 1.2 percent, in April - 3.1 percent).

The top three leaders in terms of prices growth in January-April were fruit and vegetable (20.5 percent), dairy products (9.3 percent) and public catering (8.8 percent).

As compared to the end of 2018, fruits became more expensive by 27.8 percent, vegetables - by 16.2 percent, potatoes - by 7.9 percent.

The prices of cabbage rose by 20.1 percent for April, onions (17.3 percent), grapes (15.7 percent), pumpkin (15.5 percent), carrots (8.5 percent) and potatoes (6.6 percent).

At the same time, cucumbers became cheaper by 46.6 percent.

Prices for rice for the month increased by 1.4 percent, milk - by 1 percent. There was a decrease in prices for poultry meat, except for chicken legs (by 1.8 percent) and eggs (3.1 percent).

In comparison with April last year, the price level for rice rose by 63.3 percent, milk by 21.7 percent, beef, except for boneless meat, by 20.9 percent, lamb meat by 18.9 percent.

Of the non-food product groups with the largest share, the main price increase in April was registered for tobacco products (5 percent), personal care products, fabrics and yarn (2.1 percent).

The price of fuel for cars decreased by 0.2 percent over the month due to a decrease in the price of propane by 2.2 percent.

Of the other groups of non-food products with a smaller share in April, there was an increase in prices for spare parts for cars (2 percent), furniture, carpets (1.8 percent), kitchen utilities and appliances (1.5 percent), basic household goods and electrical appliances (1.4 percent), communications (1.2 percent), detergents and cleaning products (0.9 percent).

The increase in tariffs for paid services to the population in April was 0.6 percent. Since the beginning of the year, tariffs in this area have increased by an average of 3.1 percent. Compared to April of the previous year, the increase in tariffs was 13.3 percent.

Leadership in raising tariffs for the month belongs to household services (1.9 percent), services in the areas of recreation, housing and communal services, medicine (0.5 percent) and passenger transport (0.2 percent).

Of the domestic services, in April, the parking charge rose by 5.6 percent, while the repair of garments (by 3.7 percent) and rental (by 3.3 percent) rose in price.

The most significant rose in price from April 2018 to the current April were education services (23.1 percent), sports (16.4 percent) and housing and communal services (15.3 percent).


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