Dabar populiaru
Published: 23 april 2012 10:50

Surging prices force Lithuanians to switch to discount food brands and smuggled fuel

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Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / As many as 36.2 percent of people said that they were forced to spend most of their income on food.

The continuing rise in food, fuel and utility prices has forced more than one-third of households in Lithuania's five major cities to change their consumption habits, according to a survey published by the weekly magazine Veidas on Monday.

As many as 36.2 percent of people living in the five cities said that they were forced to spend most of their income on food, and 19 percent said that they had switched from more expensive products to cheaper alternatives or discounted products.

Some 43.3 percent of those polled said that their expenses had risen, but that had not changed their families' consumption habits, and 54.8 percent said that they were feeling angry about rising fuel costs, but continued to use their cars as much as before.

While fuel price hikes have a somewhat lower impact on people's budgets, 10 percent of respondents said that they had ditched their cars and 13.8 percent said that they were driving their cars less than before. Some 4.4 percent admitted buying smuggled fuel.

Prime Consulting polled 500 residents of the country's five major cities - Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, and Panevėžys - for the Veidas magazine on 10 to 11 April.

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