Consumer Protection Board’s price monitoring: food prices have not yet returned to the level of two years ago

The price monitoring, conducted in five Estonian cities in the second week of September, indicates that prices are on the rise.
4. 10. 2010
 

While the price monitoring of the Consumer Protection Board reflects the regular prices of products, there were many discount offers in September, enabling the consumers to choose cheaper products instead of expensive ones.

The much-discussed increase in bread prices seems to be partially true according to the price monitoring – for instance, Toolse bread cost 7.90 kroons in the majority of monitored stores, while the same bread could be bought for almost a kroon less from some stores in July.A comparison of the prices in September this year and two years ago (Toolse bread 8.90 kroons) indicates that the current bread prices are returning to the former level.However, the average price of the fine rye bread Tallinn decreased in September.

The price of the white bread Kodusai has increased by almost 1 kroon.Two years ago in September, the average price of Kodusai was 6.70 kroons.A year ago, the same bread cost, on average, 7 kroons, and in September this year it costs 5.90 kroons.In the preceding month, one could still buy Kodusai for 4.90 kroons.

There were no major changes in the prices of dairy products as of last week.A week before the last week, the average price of the cheapest litre of milk in a plastic bag cost 7.90 kroons.During the “milk war” in the last year, the average price of milk in the stores was 4.70 kroons (with cheapest offers even as low as 2.50).

In some stores, the prices of minced meat Kodune, eggs (Tallegg, Family eggs, 10 pcs), and the cheapest sugar have gone up as well.

The price of coffee has increased significantly.For example, Gevalia coffee (a pack of 450 g) cost, on average, 45 kroons in August and more than 51 kroons in September.A pack of President coffee (500 grams) cost 48.60 kroons in August and 53 kroons in September.The price of Kulta Katrina coffee (500 g) has risen as well – from 45 kroons in August to over 48 kroons in September.

The price increase has also affected beer.For example, a bottle of Saku Originaal cost 12.20 in August, but 13.20 in September.

The average price of a kilogram of potatoes was around 5 kroons, which is some 70 cents lower than the price in August.The average price of a kilogram of unpacked (and washed) carrots has gone down as well (almost 25 %), dropping to 5 kroons in September.The steepest price increase was detected in the case of fresh cucumber, with the average price per kilogram growing from 12 kroons in August to 18.90 kroons in September.Fresh tomatoes, which cost, on average, 16.60 kroons per kilogram in August, cost 23.50 kroons in September.

In addition to food, the price monitoring of the Consumer Protection Board also includes various services.In the latter case, the price differences between different businesses and cities were even larger than in the case of food.Dry cleaning is one of the monitored services and the specific item of comparison was, in keeping with the weather, cleaning of a jacket.It turned out that, of the monitored service establishments, the most expensive service was provided by the dry cleaning company in the Kristiine Centre, Tallinn, where a jacket can be cleaned for 125 kroons.The lowest prices were offered by Kemox, located at Sütiste street in the capital, and the dry cleaning company in the shopping centre in Jõhvi, where cleaning of a jacket costs 85 kroons.

For a more detailed overview, all monthly tables of price monitoring are available on the web page of the Consumer Protection Board at http://www.tka.riik.ee/hinnavaatlused-2/.

 

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Telephone:6 201 700
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