On average in the EU, inflation was a good 31 percent, almost twice as high as in Austria.
Inflation does not stop at eggs, which are particularly popular at Easter. In February, 16.6 percent more had to be paid for them in Germany than a year earlier, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday with a view to the upcoming Easter holidays. In Austria, egg prices rose somewhat less sharply, at 16.5 percent. On average in the EU, inflation was almost twice as high at a good 31 percent.
“Whether brightly painted, hidden or for Easter breakfast: Eggs are simply part of Easter,” emphasized the statisticians. “This year, more than ever, egg prices should be the focus of attention when shopping for the holidays.”
Only in Cyprus (+13.5 percent) and Luxembourg (+16.4 percent) have egg prices risen less than in Germany and Austria. In the Czech Republic, on the other hand, eggs cost almost twice as much in February as a year earlier. It was followed by Hungary (+79.2 percent) and Slovakia (+78.8 percent) with similarly high price increases.
In the EU, Germany was the only country in which the prices for food increased by 22.3 percent compared to the same month last year, even more than the prices for eggs (+16.6 percent). On average, the EU average price increase for food was 19.5 percent, well below that for eggs (+31.1 percent).
Chocolate bunnies, Easter eggs, decorations: German retailers are expecting billions in sales from the current Easter business. Revenues of 2.2 billion euros are expected, as predicted by the German Retail Association (HDE). According to a representative survey commissioned by the HDE, 40 percent of consumers specifically want to spend money around Easter. On average, those who go shopping at Easter want to spend 40 euros per head.