In­fla­tion Cal­cu­lated

Prices in the con­sumer mar­ket of Uzbek­istan in­creased by an av­er­age of 1.1% in March, the Sta­tis­tics Depart­ment of the State Sta­tis­tics Com­mit­tee es­ti­mated.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - BUSINESS AND INNOVATION -

Goods rose in price for the month by an av­er­age of 1.2%, of which food prices grew by 1.3%, non-foods by 1.1%. Ser­vices have be­come more ex­pen­sive by 0.5%.

Of food prod­ucts, ap­ples be­came more ex­pen­sive by 18.7%, grapes - by 18.4%, pears - by 6.5%, ba­nanas and cit­rus fruits - by 6.2% and 6.1% re­spec­tively. The op­po­site sit­u­a­tion has de­vel­oped with prices for veg­eta­bles and pota­toes, where the price level for the month de­creased by 1.4% and 2.4%, re­spec­tively. Most sig­nif­i­cantly, the onion price fell by 8.9%, gar­lic by 2.5%, pota­toes by 2.4%, car­rots by 1.1%, and cab­bage by 0.9%.

The Sta­tis­tics Com­mit­tee notes that the saturation of the mar­ket with fruit and veg­etable prod­ucts of the new crop in the re­gional con­text is un­even, due to the ge­o­graph­i­cal and cli­matic fea­tures of dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try, as well as the sit­u­a­tion with the ex­port and im­port of cer­tain types of fruits and veg­eta­bles.

In March, the growth rates of prices for meat prod­ucts have sig­nif­i­cantly sta­bi­lized. Bone­less beef went up in prices by 2.9%, fish cost grew by 2.6%, minced meat by 2.0%, beef (ex­cept bone­less meat) by 0.9%, lamb by 0.6%. Against this back­ground, prices for chicken drum­stick and ham, as well as other poul­try meat, de­clined by 0.7% and 1.5%, re­spec­tively.

Dairy prod­ucts added 1.7% on av­er­age, in­clud­ing cream - 3%, suzma - 2.6%, ke­fir and cur­dled milk - 1.6%, milk - 1.5%.

A pos­i­tive factor in the sit­u­a­tion with food was the de­cline in prices for such goods as rice (0.9%), veg­etable oil (sun­flower - 0.4%, cot­ton - 0.6%), sugar (2%) and eggs (4.1%).

In the re­gions of Uzbek­istan, dif­fer­ences re­mained in the level of av­er­age prices. Most ex­pen­sive for con­sumers is the pur­chase of beef in Tashkent, lamb - in the Andi­jan re­gion. A low level of av­er­age prices for bone­less beef is noted in Jiz­zakh and Kashkadarya re­gions, and beef (ex­cept bone­less meat) in Karakalpak­stan.

The max­i­mum av­er­age price of onions and car­rots is reg­is­tered in Tashkent, pota­toes in Kashkadarya re­gion. The min­i­mum price of onions is noted in Kashkadarya, pota­toes in the Jiz­zakh re­gion, car­rots in Khorezm.

Among non-food prod­ucts, in par­tic­u­lar, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, putty (13%), linoleum, lam­i­nated floor­ing plates (4%) and bricks (1.4%) were the most ex­pen­sive. Spe­cial­ists of the Com­mit­tee as­so­ciate this phe­nom­e­non with the growth of de­mand for prod­ucts on the part of the pop­u­la­tion.

The in­crease in de­mand for sea­sonal cloth­ing (demi-sea­son jack­ets, blouses and shirts, jack­ets) largely caused the price in­crease for the goods of this group. Men's cloth­ing went up by 2.4%, women’s - by 1.4%, chil­dren’s - by 1.7%.

A sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion was ob­served with the in­crease in prices for sea­sonal footwear. Men’s footwear be­came more ex­pen­sive on av­er­age by 2.5% (in­clud­ing shoes - by 4.5%, sneak­ers - by 1.7%), women’s - by 1.2% (in­clud­ing model shoes by 2.6%, shoes with a low heel - by 1.9%), chil­dren’s - by 0.6% (in­clud­ing sneak­ers - by 1.9%).

Of the other types of non-food prod­ucts, prices for car­pets and car­pet prod­ucts (2.2%), house­hold tex­tiles (1.9%) and fur­ni­ture (1.3%) in­creased above the av­er­age group change.

House­hold ser­vices, which are mainly the sub­jects of pri­vate prop­erty, rose by an av­er­age 1.8% over the month. The most sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in prices for hous­ing re­pair ser­vices (by 3.9%), which is largely due to an in­crease in sea­sonal de­mand. Hair­dressers and beauty sa­lons raised the cost of ser­vices by an av­er­age of 2.3%. The in­crease in prices for other types of house­hold ser­vices did not ex­ceed the thresh­old of the av­er­age group value (1.8%).

Pas­sen­ger road trans­port ser­vices be­came more ex­pen­sive due to an in­crease in the cost of travel in the city bus by an av­er­age of 3.2% in the repub­lic (growth was reg­is­tered only in the Syrdarya re­gion - 1.6 times and Bukhara re­gion - by 28.6%), and in fixed-route taxi - by 2.2% (only in Bukhara re­gion - by 28.6% and Tashkent - by 2.3%).

A slight de­crease in tar­iffs for air and rail trans­port ser­vices in March is as­so­ci­ated with a de­crease in the cost of air travel by ob­served routes and types of mes­sages by an av­er­age of 0.3% and travel on long-dis­tance trains by an av­er­age of 1.1%.

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