The cost of a 'basket of goods' for the average Greek household rose to 2,253.48 euro in January 2011 according to figures given by the Greek Consumers Centre ELKEKA on Friday. Based on figures collected by the consumer group, this represented a 5.2 percent increase relative to January 2010, when the same basket of goods cost 111.38 euros less, or 2,142.10 euro.

The highest increases were for alcoholic drinks and tobacco products, which posted price hikes reaching 19.5 percent, followed by a 15 percent hike in transport costs and a 9.1 percent spike in housing costs.

The figures given by ELKEKA were the following:

Type of goods or services Costs in euro

 

January 2010 January 2011 Diff.

Foods and non-alcoholic beverages 344.42 352.69---------------------- 2.4 %

Alcoholic drinks and tobacco 69.48 83.00 19.5 %

Clothing and footwear 165.82 162.08 2.3 %

Housing costs 257.93 281.46 9.1 %

Durable goods and services 147.83 151,45 2.5 %

Health 144.53 143.62 0.90%

Transport 299.95 344.94 15 %

Communications 94.73 98.50 4 %

Recreation, cultural activity 102.59 103.32 0.7 %

Education 66.12 66.24 0.6 %

Hotel, cafes, restaurants 232.68 240.15 3.2 %

Other goods and services 216.04 226.03 4.6 %