Staff Reporter

PALMA
THE price of food and non alcoholic drinks fell by 0.6 percent in January in the Balearics (in comparison with the month before), according to figures published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).

Throughout Spain these same prices increased by 0.2 percent for the same period.
Alcoholic drinks and tobacco rose by five percent in January (compared with December), while from January 2006 to January 2007 the increase worked out at 8.9 percent.

The Consumer Price Index (IPC) fell by an average of 0.7 percent throughout Spain in January compared with December, but with an interannual (January to January) rise of 2.4 percent.

Manufactured food, drinks and tobacco had an increase of one percentage point during January, but there was no change for non manufactured foods, while non manufactured drinks and tobacco increased by 0.7 percent; and power products fell by 0.2 percent.

By products, the highest increase was for tobacco (6.6 percent), followed by bread (2.3 percent), potatoes (2.2 percent), beef (1.4 percent), alcoholic drinks (1.1 percent) and preserved and dried fruit (0.9 percent).

Pork and prepared vegetables increased by 0.8 percent; milk by 0.7 percent; cereals and associated products by 0.6 percent; fresh vegetables by 0.6 percent; mineral water by 0.6 percent; sugar by 0.6 percent; and dairy products by 0.5 percent.

Coffee, cocoa, tea and other infusions increased by 0.4 percent; other prepared foods by 0.3 percent; other prepared meat and shellfish by 0.1 percent; with fresh fruit staying at the same price.

At the other end of the scale, the price of oil and fats fell by 7.6 percent; mutton by 3.3 percent; poultry by 1.2 percent; eggs by 0.2 percent and fish by 0.1 percent.

By autonomous regions, the price of food in Murcia rose by 2.5 percent; by 1.4 percent in the Canaries; by 1 percent in Melilla; by 0.6 percent in the Basque region; by 0.5 percent in Valencia; by 0.2 percent in Navarra, and by 0.1 percent in Castilla and Leon.

Prices stayed the same in Andalucia, Extremadura, Madrid and La Rioja, while in Cantabria and Ceuta they fell by 0.4 percent.
Prices also fell by 0.3 percent in Aragon; by 0.2 percent in Asturias and Galicia; and by 0.1 percent in Castilla-La Mancha and Cataluña.
With regard to the price of alcoholic drinks and tobacco, the greatest increase was in Melilla (6.2 percent), followed by Castilla-La Mancha and Ceuta (5.6 percent).

Then came Valencia, Extremadura and Galicia with an increase of 5.4 percent; and Andalucia, Cantabria, Cataluña and Madrid with 5.2 percent.
Next was Murcia (5.1 percent); Aragon and Castilla and Leon (5. percent); La Rioja (4.9 percent); Asturias, Navarra and the Basque region (4.8 percent); and the Balearics (4.4 percent).

Only in the Canaries did the price of tobacco fall (0.1 percent less).

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