Geostat, the national statistics service of Georgia, published its report on the 2019 February inflation rates.
According to the document, the annual inflation rate in February 2019 made up 2.3%. The major rise in prices was seen in the category of tobacco and strong drinks – 16%. Food products rose in prices by 2.9%.
Food and soft drinks: the group registered a 2.9% upturn with 0.9% contribution to the annual inflation. Prices rose in the following subcategories: fish products (12.5%), bread and pastry (10.2%), vegetables and garden plants (7.6%), meat and meat products (4.3%), mineral and spring water, soft drinks and natural juices (2.5%), at the same time, prices declined in the following subgroups: fruits and grapes (-23.6%), sugar, jams and other sweets (-3.4%).
Healthcare: prices rose by 3.4% with 0.29% contribution to the annual inflation rate. Prices rose in the following subgroups: medical equipment (4.8%), outpatient medical services (4.1%) and hospital services (1.4%).
Strong drinks, tobacco: prices rose by 16.1% with a 1.06% contribution to the annual inflation. Prices on tobacco products rose by 32.7%.
Transport: the group recorded 2.0% upturn with 0.255 contribution to the annual inflation. Prices rose for exploitation of personal vehicles (3.4%) and transport services (1.2%).