Over the last week, the price of a basket of essential products soared by more than €6, which represents an increase of 3.46% compared to the previous week, according to accounts made by the Portuguese Association for the Defense of Consumer (Deco).

The price of a basket of essential goods has soared by 18.05 euros, which represents an increase of 9.83% compared to the value recorded on February 23.

Monitoring has been carried out since the end of February on 63 essential food products, which include turkey, chicken, hake, onions, potatoes, carrots, bananas, apples, oranges, rice, spaghetti, sugar, ham, milk, cheese and butter.

In view of the data analysis, it is possible to see that the price of this basket of essential goods has risen for five consecutive weeks.

In the last week, the cost of the basket increased by 6.83 euros, rising to 201.68 euros compared to the 194.92 euros estimated on 6 April.

Meat up 11%

With regard specifically to the last week, that is, between April 6 and 13, Deco indicates that “meat and fish are the ones that stand out the most”, with increases of 11.78% and 17.74%, respectively. As an example, the association points out that, in this period, the price of fresh hake shot up by 64% (4.07 euros more than the previous week), the price of courgettes and wheat cereals increased by 23% (0.52 more cents) and the cost of whole-grain rice and oats rose 15% (plus 0.36 cents).