Rising prices in the markets are not holding back growth, causing the costs of Albanian households to increase more and more.
This is most evident for basket items, especially fruits and vegetables as traders claim that the upward trend in high rates for some products has continued through January as well.
For citizens who make up almost 42% of their monthly food expenditures, living is becoming increasingly unaffordable, especially for the most needy categories.
Recently, cigarette and tobacco packages have seen an increase of 10 to 20 lek more, an expected increase after the changes in the fiscal package for the increase of tobacco excise.
Fuel prices have continued at almost the same levels as a month ago, where among them the strongest increase has been recorded by gas during these months, reaching 92 ALL per liter.
The latter is also expected to become more expensive in the coming months with the entry into force of legal changes to unify gas excise at 6 lek per liter for both businesses and citizens.
The strong fluctuations of prices in recent months in the global commodity markets have caused inflation in the country to exceed the target of the central bank, however the latter has not yet made a decision whether to review monetary policy, as according to her wave of price growth is transient and is expected to stabilize in the second half of the year.