Schwerin (dpa / mv) - The rise in prices at the beginning of the year increased in February in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Consumer prices were 1.1 percent above the same month last year, as the State Statistical Office announced on Monday in Schwerin.

In January, prices were higher than a year earlier for the first time in six months.

In addition to rising energy prices, this was mainly due to the expiry of the value added tax, which was lowered for half a year, at the end of 2020.

VAT was lowered in July 2020 to alleviate the financial consequences of the corona crisis for households.

While consumer prices in December were still 0.8 percent below the level of December 2019, consumers had to pay 0.9 percent more for their standard of living in January than in January 2020.


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