Storting politicians react to increased food prices


The rise in food prices in Norway is stronger than for other goods. Parliamentary representative Kårstein Løvaas (H) reacts to this.

Kårstein Løvaas (H) Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB

According to Statistics Norway, the price increase for food and non-alcoholic beverages is 3.8 per cent in September compared with the same month the year before.

The total index, which measures inflation for all goods, is by comparison 1.6 per cent.

– Then I wonder, when the industry has record sales. When we all go to grocery stores, when we do not travel to Sweden, when we buy everything in the shops and sales increase by maybe as much as 20 percent – why should prices increase, Løvaas says to NRK.

He is the spokesperson for the Storting report on groceries.

However, the grocery industry itself wants to nuance the picture.

– Overall, the prices are not that much higher. If they are now in September, it is partly due to currency changes. And then we have taken out price increases from the suppliers, and then the farmers have received a well-deserved agricultural settlement which also appears in the form of increased prices to the consumer, says communications director Bjørn Takle Friis in Coop.

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