From food to clothing, where prices have increased the most in Italy and Europe

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HOLIDAY 2020

National Union of consumers alarm: in Italy the month of May recorded increases in food products of 6.4% on an annual basis in Caltanissetta, Trieste, (+ 5.1%, was + 5.3%), Avellino and Trapani ( + 4.7% for both)

by Andrea Carli

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National Union of consumers alarm: in Italy the month of May recorded increases in food products of 6.4% on an annual basis in Caltanissetta, Trieste, (+ 5.1%, was + 5.3%), Avellino and Trapani ( + 4.7% for both)

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Country you go, prices you find. The adage, always current, is even more so in these not easy days, after about three months of lockdown due to the Covid-19 emergency that hit the purchasing power of the Italians hard. The summer holidays, for those who can indulge them, are upon us. And with them, the risk of having to deal with unexpected bars. Eurostat is on the one hand, and the National Consumer Union on the one hand to provide a compass to guide people in their purchases and to avoid, as far as possible, a lightening of their portfolios. From the first channel come “straight” for those who find themselves or will find themselves shopping in European countries; the second one takes a picture of the situation of food prices in Italy.

Among the EU borders the most expensive country is undoubtedly Denmark, while the most advantageous destinations are Bulgaria and Romania. In Italy, on the other hand, the month of May recorded increases in food products of 6.4% on an annual basis in Caltanissetta, Trieste, (+ 5.1%, it was + 5.3%), Avellino and Trapani (+4.7 % for both). As for the regions, the report of the National Consumer Union shows that the most expensive food, in terms of price increases, is found in Basilicata, + 3.9%. Umbria, Lazio and Calabria follow (+ 3.4% for all), Campania and Sicily in third place (+ 3.3%).

Eurostat: here’s where you spend less in Europe, from food to fashion

For those who in the next few days will have the opportunity to travel to Europe, a useful starting point to save a little bit therefore comes from Eurostat. The statistical office of the European Union has analyzed the price levels of the 27 countries and compiled a ranking of the most and least expensive ones for six types of products and services. While it is appropriate to consider that the survey is based on last year’s prices, therefore in a context very different from the current post-pandemic one, the ideas in this document are not lacking. So pay attention to Danish restaurants, while real business could be done with shopping for clothes in Bulgaria. It’s Italy? It is convenient for electronics products, but food costs more than the European average.

In Denmark prices three times higher than in Bulgaria

In general, the most expensive place is Denmark, with prices three times higher than those of Bulgaria, the cheapest country. Skyrocketing prices distinguish telephony, computers and the like in Paris, just as it is better to be prepared to spend a lot if you want to buy alcohol in Dublin, Helsinki or Stockholm. In Italy the costs are slightly higher than the average (the index is 103%): it is far from the stinging of Denmark (141%), and also of Ireland (134%) and Luxembourg (131%). But the mini-prices of Bulgaria (53%) and Romania (55%) also appear distant.

Copenhagen the most expensive in Europe

Savings lovers should look out for Copenhagen, which is Europe’s most expensive city from food to clothing, from transport to restaurants. Eating out in Denmark costs over 50% more than the average (and also in Italy which is substantially in line with all the other countries). As we said, something could change after Coronavirus. For example, the symbolic Danish haute cuisine restaurant Noma (two Michelin stars, tasting menu for over 350 euros) has reopened since May after the lockdown as a winebar with more affordable prices and cheeseburgers and vegetarian burgers on the menu.



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