ASTANA – The inflation rate in Kazakhstan for the first six months of 2016 was 4.6 percent, according to the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy.
Food prices increased 5 percent, non-food items 4.7 percent and paid services 4.1 percent. Since the beginning of the year, prices have increased for potatoes by 34.9 percent, cereals by 24.4 percent, black tea by 18 percent, sugar by 13.6 percent, bread by 11.6 percent, processed vegetables and cans by 9.3 percent.
Prices for fresh fruit increased 8.9 percent, for confectionery products 8.8 percent, for soft drinks 8.6 percent and for sunflower oil 8.1 percent. Prices for bakeries and flour products have increased 5.3 percent and for the poultry 4.5 percent.
Egg prices decreased 15.8 percent, raw milk got cheaper by 6.5 percent and fresh vegetables by 6 percent.
The increase in prices for pharmaceutical products was 12.9 percent, household appliances 7.9 percent, glass and ceramic products – 7.2 percent, goods of personal use 7 percent, detergents 6.8 percent. Prices for textiles increased 5.6 percent, cars 5.4 percent, clothing and footwear 4.6 percent, and furniture and household goods 2.9 percent.
The price level for healthcare services rose 7.3 percent, for kindergartens 6.3 percent, restaurants and hotels 3.6 percent. In the area of recreation, entertainment and culture they rose 3.5 percent, hairdressing and personal institutions services 2.3 percent.
Prices for travellingby air transport increased 14.6 percent, by rail for long distances 12.8 percent and tickets for busses got 6.2 percent more expensive.
In the sphere of housing and communal services, tariffs for sewers increased 19.8 percent, garbage collection 11.8 percent, cold water 8 percent, central heating 7.2, electricity – 4.9, gas transported through the distribution networks 4.8 and hot water 4.3 percent.