In the latest survey of consumer prices in the EU Ireland came in as the seventh most expensive overall.
Consumer prices overall in Ireland were 117% of the EU
average.The UK came out at 15th - with overall prices just 2% above the EU . Germany was 13th with 3% above the average.
The top 3 most expensive European countries were Switzerland (162%), Norway(151%) and Denmark (142%)
However, for clothing and consumer electronics, Irish prices are below
the EU average. Clothing prices were 92% of the EU average and consumer electronics 92%.
For consumer electronics Ireland was 4th cheapest - only Poland , Lithuania and Bulgaria had lower prices.
For clothing - Ireland was the 9th cheapest - with only
Turkey having lower prices for clothing.
Ireland was the second most expensive place in the EU for Alcohol and Tobacco with prices 164% of the EU average. Norway was top- where alcohol and tobacco prices were a massive 250% of the EU average.
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