ECONOMY

Christmas dinner will cost slightly less this year

The cost of this year’s Christmas dinner will be slightly lower than in 2008 despite higher turkey prices, according to figures provided by the Economy, Competitiveness and Merchant Marine Ministry yesterday. A basket of goods compiled by the ministry, which includes meat, vegetables, confectionery and alcoholic beverages, showed that the total cost of 18 food items which could be included in a Christmas dinner reached 153.68 euros, down 0.79 percent from 154.91 euros last year. The price of turkey meat rose 6.7 percent from last year to 8.03 euros per kilo, while the cost of lamb and pork each retreated, 2.3 percent and 7.8 percent respectively. Sample prices were taken from the Varvakeios Market in central Athens, street markets (laikes) and supermarkets.