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German consumer prices 5 percent above EU average

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Xinhua, Berlin :
The level of consumer prices in Germany is 5 percent above the European Union (EU) average, according to compiled figures published on Friday by the Federal Statistical Office.
According to Eurostat data published by the Wiesbaden-based government agency, Germany ranked in the midfield of the countries assessed, ahead of Italy (1.1 percent above average) and Spain (7.7 percent below average), but still well behind Denmark (41.5 percent above average), Luxemburg (26.9 percent above average) and Sweden (25.4 percent above average).
The highest price levels were measured in Iceland and Switzerland at 66 percent and 59 percent above the EU average, respectively. By contrast, the cost of living was found to be relatively low in the Czech Republic (31 percent below average), Poland (43.8 percent below average) and Bulgaria (51.6 percent below average).
The findings underlined the persistence of stark inequalities with regards to consumer prices in the EU in spite of some progress towards economic convergence between the richer and poorer members of the bloc.
In part, the remaining gap in consumer prices owed to different levels of taxation imposed by member on goods such as tobacco and alcohol, as well as the differential cost of housing.
For example, rents, wine, beer and cigarettes in Bulgaria, the bottom-ranked EU country, were all around 50 percent cheaper than the member state average.
By contrast, German tourists who spent one euro in a high-cost European Economic Area (EEA) country like Switzerland only received goods and services which would be worth 0.71 cents in their home country in return.

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