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Consumption of most basic food items on average per person per household decreased in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022, the National Statistics Institute announced. The reason for this is the increase in food prices.
The largest decrease was in the consumption of vegetables – from 26.1 kg to 24.9 kg per person for the quarter, bread and pasta – from 18.6 kg to 18 kg, and fruit – from 19.1 kg per 18.7 kilograms.
The consumption of meat products increased – from 3.9 kg to 4.1 kg, and of fresh milk – from 4.5 liters to 4.6 liters per person for the quarter. The consumption of meat, eggs and ripe beans remains unchanged.
People’s incomes have grown by 22.5% per year, on average BGN 958 per person per month, according to NSI data. But at the same time, the costs are also increasing due to the increase in prices.
Household income from wages increased by over 25 percent, and from pensions by 10.7 percent. Households also take out significantly more loans, while at the same time reducing the amounts they deposit in banks.