The prices of basic foodstuffs remain frozen even after January 31st

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Consumer basket - prices remain frozen until the end of February / Photo: Free Press - Dragan Mitreski

The government made a decision yesterday until 28 February 2022 to extend the validity of the measure, which came into force on December 6, 2021, for determining the highest prices of basic food products - bread, sugar, flour - type 400, sunflower edible oil, persistent milk with a fat content of 2,8, 3,2 and 3,5 percent, fresh meat and delicacies, cheese and cottage cheese, rice, eggs and pasta.

With this decision the highest prices of these products remain at the level of regular prices which were applied on December 1, 2021, in wholesale and retail trade, excluding discount prices, such as stock discounts, discounts or sales, which were valid on December 1, 2021.

On December 4, the government decided to freeze the prices of bread, sugar, flour - type 400, sunflower edible oil, permanent milk with a fat content of 2,8, 3,2 and 3,5 percent, fresh meat and delicacies, cheese and cottage cheese will not be changed until the end of January. Ten days later, the Government adopted a new decision which, in addition to the previously mentioned food products, also froze the prices of rice, pasta and eggs.

The Government announced then that the decision to freeze prices is valid until January 31, 2022, but that it can be extended after January 31, 2022 if the market situation still requires it.

The purpose of such a decision is to prevent possible increases in the prices of these basic products, which, like other basic food products, are widely used in the diet of the population, to prevent further market disturbances and to eliminate the harmful consequences in terms of supply of the population. with basic food products.

According to the data of the State Statistical Office, published yesterday, the selling prices of the producers of industrial products on the domestic market last month were higher by 1,3 percent on a monthly basis and by 15 percent on an annual basis.

In December 2021, compared to November 2021, the producer prices of industrial products were higher in the groups Capital goods by 10,8 percent, Energy by 3,1 percent, Non-durable consumer goods by 0,9 percent and Durable products for consumer goods by 0,6 percent.

The data of SSO show that in December 2021, compared to December 2020, the producer prices of industrial products on the domestic market were higher in the groups Energy by 34,8 percent, Intermediate goods except energy by 20,5 percent, Capital goods by 22,5, 4,7 percent, Durable consumer goods by 4,1 percent and Non-durable consumer goods by XNUMX percent.

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