YEREVAN, October 1. /ARKA/. Prices for 364 (74.4%) of 470 varieties of goods and services in Armenia rose in September 2013, compared with the same month a year before, Gurgen Martirosyan, chief of the National Statistical Service’s prices and international comparison division, said Tuesday at a news conference.
The statistical service tallies the index after monitoring 470 varieties of prices and services in the country.
“Prices for 94 varieties shed and those for 12 varieties remained unchanged,” he said.
In his words, the year-on-year increase in prices for 247 varieties was up to 10%, for 60 it ranged between 10 and 15%, for 18 it ranged from 15 to 20% and for 39 it exceeded 20%.
Some 78 varieties of goods and services became up to 10 percent cheaper in Septembr 2013, compared with September 2012. The decrease in process for 10 varieties fell 10-15% and prices for other six varieties sank 15% and lower.
Comparing this year’s August and September figures, Martirosyan said prices for 284 varieties of goods and services went up, while those for 137 varieties went down and for 49 remained pegged.
He said that as a whole, prices in Armenia slid 0.2 percent in September 2013, compared with the previous month.
Presenting things of the past nine months, the expert said that, as a rule, the price rise reached its peak in January. This year’s January was marked by a 2.9-percent price hike. “In the next months, slight price fluctuations were seen,” he said.
Martirosyan said prices slipped 0.4% in February, then rose 0.4% in March, slid 0.1% in April and did not change in May. In June they continued their downward motion going 0.1% down, while in July and August they climbed 0.4% and 0.3% respectively, but in September they fell 0.2% again. ----0----