Christmas dinner will cost Greeks slightly less this year

A typical Christmas dinner will cost Greek households 1.29 percent less this year than it did in 2016, mainly due to pork and potatoes, a study published on Monday by the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE) has found.

Conducted in the period of December 11-16, ESEE's price survey found that a typical holiday meal - a meat dish, a vegetable, a salad, fizzy drinks, wine or beer, and a traditional dessert - for six to eight people will cost 149.02 euros this year, against 150.96 euros in 2016 and 147.39 the year before that. The slight dip of 1.29 percent in the overall cost is largely due to a contraction in the prices of fruits and vegetables of 4.32 percent - led by potatoes, which dropped 25.35 percent - but also in supermarket products (3.72 percent) like alcoholic beverages.

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