Price reductions in supermarket items will be visible to consumers as of early March, due to the implementation of measures by the Development Ministry, while as market executives commented to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, it is considered certain that the goal of reducing food inflation will be achieved.
The measure banning special offers on retail products whose prices have been hiked is being extended to more products, concerning those with an increase after January 10, 2024, in an apparent effort by the Development Ministry to reduce inflation as high prices remain the biggest problem for citizens.
In December 2023, Bulgaria continued its trend of a single-digit annual inflation rate for the seventh consecutive month, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI). The report reveals a 0.3% monthly inflation rate, contributing to an annual inflation rate of 4.7% compared to December 2022.
Retail prices rose by 74.88 percent in December 2023 from a year ago in Istanbul, accelerating from the annual increase of 73.89 percent in the previous month, the data from the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (İTO).
The pace of month-on-month increase in retail prices slowed from 3.79 percent in November 2023 to 3.52 percent last month.