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Subsistence level in Latvia rises by 2.03 lats

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This year October, compared to September, the subsistence level has increased by 2.03 lats and forms 169.41 lats, indicates the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) information.

Comparatively, this year in September, the subsistence level was 167.38 lats. Thus, within a moth’s time the subsistence level has risen by 1.2%. Overall, since January 2010 the subsistence minimum level has grown by 3.6%, but since October last year – by 2.6%, reports LETA.

Moreover, in October the subsistence level hit its highest level of the last 17 months. Higher subsistence level was last observed in May 2009 – 170.13 lats.

In October 2009, the subsistence level was by more than four lats lower than in October this year – 165.16 lats, but in October 2008 it was nearly two lats lower – 167.69 lats.

This year January, the minimum subsistence level was 163.46 lats, in February – 163.34 lats, in March – 164.14 lats, in April – 165.12 lats, in May – 165.1 lats, in June – 166.35 lats, in July – 167.7 lats, in August – 166.42 lats, but in September – 167.38 lats.

According to the CSB estimates, the subsistence level has reached its peak in January 2009 – 174.41 lats, which in financial terms mean 17.84% more than in 2008. While in January of 2008, the subsistence level was far lower than this year and last year – 148 lats.

Food products that are included in the subsistence level consumer goods and services basket, are bread, cereal and bakery products, meat and meat products, fish and fish products, milk and milk products, eggs, oil, fats, fruits, berries, vegetables, sugar, honey and other sweets, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

While clothes for men, women, and children, footwear, housing and repair materials, appliances and other electrical goods, furniture, textiles for apartment, tableware, kitchenware, garden equipment, washing products, vehicle procurement, cosmetic and hygiene products, accessories, medicines, stationery, newspapers, magazines, books, leisure and sports equipment, as well as toys form the non-food product part of the subsistence level consumer basket.

Full consumer goods and services basket includes the sewing of clothes, repair of footwear, rent, electricity and heating payments, household services, public utilities services, postal and telecommunications services, public transport costs, social, cultural and other services.


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  1. R.U says:

    Full consumer goods and services basket includes the sewing of clothes, repair of footwear, rent, electricity and heating payments, household services, public utilities services, postal and telecommunications services, public transport costs, social, cultural and other services. – and this is not all of what people need.

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  2. Hans says:

    At least by some lats, although the changes are rather insignificant.

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