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20:18 / 01.02.2019 401

Foodstuff prices in Uzbekistan grew considerably in January 2019 

In January 2019, prices for goods and services in the country's consumer market increased by an average of 1,5%, the State Statistics Committee reported. 
 
According to data from the State Statistics Committee, the prices for the month went up by 1,8% on average, including for food by 2,8% and non-food products – 0,5%. Services have become more expensive by 0,5%. 
 
Higher growth of prices among the main food products belong to fruit and vegetable products – in a month they became more expensive by 8,3%. Alcoholic beverages are on the second place in terms of price increase (3,7%). 
 
In January 2019, prices continued to rise for the main types of bread products: flour, bread and bakeries. Rice and main types of cereals and legumes for the month went up in the range from 0,2% to 3,7%. For example, in January, rice went up in the Fergana region (4.7%) and the Republic of Karakalpakstan (4.5%) the most significantly. Minimum price rise for the month was seen in Namangan region (1,1%). Wheat flour significantly increased in price in Karakalpakstan (6,9%) and in Surkhandarya region (5,5%), however, the rise in prices was minimal in Khorezm region (0,6%). The price of flour has not changed in a month in Andijan, Bukhara, Navoi, Namangan, Samarkand and Fergana regions. 

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In January 2019, prices of meat and poultry increased by 0,9%, fish and canned food – 2,0%. The most significant price growth for beef (except for boneless meat) was observed in Tashkent (2,8%) and Surkhandarya (1,5%) regions, lamb and boneless beef – in Tashkent region (2,5% and 3,7%), chicken drumstick and chicken legs – in Kashkadarya and Tashkent regions (3,4%), other poultry meat – in Samarkand (3,8%) and Tashkent (3,7%) regions. 

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In addition, in January 2019, prices for fruits and vegetables increased by an average of 8,3%. The growth of prices was registered for almost all types of fruits and vegetables, with the exception of citrus fruits, which became cheaper by 1,0%. Among fruits and vegetables, the maximum price increase for the month was registered for grapes (1,3 times), watermelons (22,0%) and tomatoes (16,3%). Moreover, rising prices were noted for pumpkin (8,6%), cucumbers (8,0%), garlic (5,1%), pickled cucumbers and tomatoes (3,4%), beets (1,7%), walnuts (1.2%) and dried fruits (1,1%). 

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In annual terms (January 2019 by January 2018) fruit and vegetable products, on average, became more expensive by 5,0%. The range of price changes over a specified period for the products of this group was more significant. Thus, the prices for cabbage increased as much as possible (by 2,5 times). Nevertheless, garlic prices decreased expressively (by 43,5%). 
 
Of the other observed groups of food products, oil and fat products for the first month of 2019 went up by 1,6%, including butter – 3,0%, margarine – 2,7%, cottonseed oil – 1,2% and sunflower oil – 1,1%. 
 
Prices for sugar, tea and other foodstuff on average increased by 1,2% in the month.

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