Schwerin (dpa/mv) - In November, inflation exceeded the 10 percent mark for the second time in a row in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Consumers had to spend 10.6 percent more money to make a living, the country's statistical office announced on Thursday. Inflation reached its all-time high of 10.9 percent in October. Compared to October, consumer prices fell by 0.6 percent.
In addition to energy, the main drivers in November were again food, which was 21.3 percent more expensive than a year earlier. For living (rent, electricity, water, heating), prices climbed by 12.8 percent, fuel cost 17.8 percent more. The leaders in food price increases were wheat flour with a plus of 76.2 percent, sugar with a plus of 62.9 percent and butter with a plus of 59.3 percent. Apples, on the other hand, cost 3.4 percent less after a good harvest.
The office determined the following price increases for energy compared to November 2022: heating oil up 82.8 percent, solid fuels up 77.9 percent, gas up 76 percent, district heating up 27.4 percent and electricity up 15.8 percent. For natural gas and district heating, VAT was reduced from 19 to 7 percent on October 1st.