Bread Price Increase in Hungary Highest in EU


Bread prices in Hungary were about 66% higher in August than a year before, making the bread price increase in Hungary the biggest among EU Member States, according to data released by Eurostat.

Some member states were much more affected than others, Eurostat notes. 

While the highest average rate of bread price change in Hungary was by far the largest in the EU, Lithuania (a y.o.y. increase of 33%), as well as Estonia and Slovakia (both 32%) were also well above the EU average price change of 18%.

At the other end of the spectrum, the lowest average rate of change in bread prices was recorded in France ( an increase of 8%), followed by the Netherlands and Luxembourg (both 10%). 

Bread, vegetables, meat - food has become more expensive. Prices for cooking oils and fats have risen particularly sharply, but important staple foods such as bread have also become significantly more costly. This is particularly due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has significantly disturbed global markets since Russia and Ukraine have been major exporters of grains, wheat, maize, oilseeds (particularly sunflowers), and fertilizers, the statistical agency notes.

In August 2021, the price of bread was on average only 3% higher in the European Union than August 2020.


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