Back Bread more expensive than ever


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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 fertilisers. 

In August 2022, the price of bread in the EU was on average 18% higher than in August 2021. This is a huge increase compared with August 2021, when the price of bread was on average 3% higher than in August 2020. Monthly data also show a significant increase in headline inflation, although not as large (from +3% to +10%).  
This information comes from data on the harmonised index of consumer prices (HICP) published recently by Eurostat. 


Line graph: Inflation for bread in the EU

Source dataset: prc_hicp_manr


Some countries were much more affected than others. The highest average rate of change in bread prices was recorded in Hungary (+66% in August 2022), followed by Lithuania (+33%), Estonia and Slovakia (both +32%). 


Bar chart: Inflation for bread in the EU, August 2022

 Source dataset: prc_hicp_manr


Meanwhile, the lowest average rate of change in bread prices was recorded in France (+8% in August 2022), the Netherlands and Luxembourg (both +10%). 


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