Statistics
in focus
ECONOMY AND FINANCE
90/2007
Prices
Authors
Eckhard BORCHERT
Sebastian REINECKE
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Food, Beverages and Tobacco:
Price level indices for 2006 –
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EFTA, EU Candidate Countries
and Western Balkan countries ...
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2006 Comparative Price level
indices and price dispersion for
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Within the framework of the European Comparison Programme (ECP) – in
which Eurostat closely co-operates with the OECD - surveys on prices of
household goods and services are cyclically carried out by National Statistical
Institutes (NSIs). 37 countries are currently participating in the surveys co-
ordinated by Eurostat: the 27 EU Member States, the 3 Candidate Countries,
Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, the 3 EFTA
countries, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland and the 4 Western Balkan
countries, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. OECD co-
ordinates the surveys for the non-European OECD Member States. These
price surveys are the cornerstones of the work resulting in annual volume
comparisons of the main National Accounts aggregates: Gross Domestic
Product (GDP) and its components.
Each survey relates to a particular group of products. The results presented in
this article refer to the survey on food, beverages and tobacco carried out in
spring 2006 in the 37 participating countries. This survey covered a total of
approximately 500 comparable products, enabling all countries to price a
sufficient number of products representative of their consumption pattern.
Graph 1: Price level index for food and non-alcoholic beverages, 2006
(EU27=100)

Manuscript completed on: 28.06.2007
ISSN 1977-0316
Data extracted on: 10.07.2007
Catalogue number: KS-SF-07-090-EN-N
© European Communities, 2007