ECONOMY

Consumer group says shopping around pays off

Butchers are seen at the Varvakeio Market in central Athens yesterday. According to government estimates, the cost of this year’s Christmas dinner will be 0.79 percent lower than last year, setting families back 153.68 euros. However, consumer protection group KEPKA has told shoppers it is worth their while to shop around for better prices during the festive season. Research conducted by KEPKA in Thessaloniki between December 18 to 21 found that prices for items traditionally served for Christmas dinner can vary by up to 155 percent, depending on the quality of the product and the point of sale. Prices of Christmas sweets, such as melomakarona, range between 5.80 and 14 euros per kilo, KEPKA pointed out.