In May, food prices increased by 9.2 percent, with cost of fruits and vegetables growing the most. Beets, potatoes, cabbage and fresh onions prices increased by 1.2-1.3 percent, lemons and carrots by 11.5-11.4 percent. On the other hand, prices for cucumbers decreased by 15.8 percent, tomatoes by 12 percent, bananas by 2.1 percent and garlic by 0.8 percent.
The average cost of a minimum food basket in Russia at the end of May 2013 amounted to 2,878 rubles per month. This represents a monthly increase of 3.8 percent.
Among non-food items, the biggest increases were registered for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products (19.9 percent); Housing, water, electricity gas and other fuels (9 percent); Health (7.8 percent); Education (12.4 percent) and Hotels, cafes and restaurants (6.7 percent). The overall prices of services increased by 8.3 percent.