The State Statistics Committee has established that artificial overpricing in the country exist, Trend reports. Arif Valiyev, the Chairman of the State Statistics Committee, has told the weigh of energy resources in the prime cost of foodstuffs produced in the country reach 7-8%, and the growth of tariffs must have not significantly impacted the prices. This situation may be reflected on the inflation rate growth. However, by an order made by the President of the Country during the meeting of the Government on January 22, measures are expected to be taken to root out facts of artificial overpricing in the country. Suffice it to give on example вЂ" the increase in prices on potatoes by 20% occurred the next day after the known advance in tariffs energy carriers and public utilities had taken place, said Mr. Valiyev.
At this growth, the possible inflation growth rate may reach even a two-digit figure. Mr. Valiyev hopes that the measures would be taken, since the rapid increase in prices was observed in March-April, 2005, however, they were reduced after the meeting with the President, which took place and the Presidential Decree on Anti-inflation Measures was put into force.
The growth in the prices on consumer goods and tariffs on services in 2006 against the corresponding figures registered in 2005 reached 8,3%. The prices on foods in this period increased by 11,9%, prices on other goods - by 5,3%, tariffs on services вЂ" by 2,6%.
In December, 2006, the index of consumer prices against the corresponding period show that in November, 2006 it increased by 2,1%, which increased by 11,4% - versus December, 2005. At the same time, the prices on foodstuffs increased in December, 2006 by 2,8% and 16,1%, non-foods вЂ" by 1,1% and 7,5%, services вЂ" 1,8% and 4,3% correspondingly.