Inflation in Europe is falling, but food prices are rising. Who pays more and for what?
Food prices have continued to rise across Europe despite inflation falling for a second straight month in December, according to data released Wednesday by Eurostat, the European statistics agency.
Food price inflation in the EU was 18.2 percent and 16.2 percent in the eurozone in December, which is a slight decrease compared to November on average. But prices of some basic food items such as sugar, cheese and eggs, oils and fats are still rising.
The highest price increase was seen in Hungary at nearly 50 percent, Lithuania second highest at 33.5 percent followed by Estonia at 30.8 percent.
The lowest price changes were recorded in Luxembourg at 11.1 percent, Ireland at 12.1 percent and Cyprus at 12.2 percent.
The six food categories that recorded the most significant increases in EU countries were fresh milk, eggs, sugar, oil and fats, butter and other edible oils, ranging from 30.2 percent to 56.6 percent on average.