Published on: 14 January 2020

Prices increased by 4.0% in December and by 3.4% in 2019 on average

Consumer prices were 4.0% higher on average in December 2019 than a year earlier. Significant price increases were measured over the last 12 months for alcoholic beverages and tobacco, motor fuels as well as food. In 2019, consumer prices rose by 3.4% on average compared to the previous year.

Over 12 months, compared to December 2018:

Food prices went up by 5.9%, within which pork prices by 23.7%, the price of other meat preparations by 13.2%, sugar prices by 12.2% and the price of seasonal food items (potatoes, fresh vegetables and fruits) by 8.3%. The price of alcoholic beverages and tobacco rose by 8.4% on average, within which tobacco prices by 12.3%. Consumers paid 3.2% more for services, within which rent increased by 10.5%. Electricity, gas and other fuels became 0.6%, within which firewood 5.9% more expensive. The price of motor fuels was 7.7% higher.

Over one month, compared to November 2019:

Consumer prices rose by 0.3% on average. Food prices were up by 0.7% on average, within which pork became 7.5%, flour 2.6%, other meat preparations 2.4%, eggs 2.3% and bread 2.0% more expensive. The price of non-alcoholic beverages was cut by 1.1% and cheese prices by 0.9%. The price of alcoholic beverages and tobacco rose by 0.6% on average, within which tobacco prices by 1.2%. The price of motor fuels was 0.3% higher.

In 2019 compared to the previous year:

Consumer prices increased by 3.4% on average, within which food prices by 5.4%. The highest price rise of 8.1% was recorded for alcoholic beverages and tobacco. Services prices went up by 3.0%, the price of electricity, gas and other fuels and that of clothing and footwear both by 1.0% and the price of other goods by 1.3% on average. Consumers paid 0.3% less for consumer durables.

Consumer price indices


Denomination December 2019 Year 2019
previous month = 100.0 corresponding month of previous year = 100.0 previous year = 100.0
Consumer price index100.3104.0103.4
Harmonised consumer price index100.3104.1103.4
Core inflation (seasonally adjusted)100.3103.9103.8
Consumer price index for pensioners100.3104.0103.5