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Lunch prices climb to record high

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15:31 CEST+02:00
Average lunch prices in Sweden have climbed to above 75 kronor ($10) for the first time, while prices vary greatly across the country, a new report by Gastrogate published on Monday shows.

Prices of an average lunch in Stockholm continue to climb, while they are in decline in Gothenburg and Malmö, with significant regional variations between the cities, the report showed.

"Differences in lunch prices between the cities has never been as high as they are now. During the past half year alone the difference in price between Stockholm and Malmö has almost doubled to over six kronor," said Gastrogate CEO Patrik Smede in a statement on Monday.

Gatrograte projects that the proposal by the Alliance government parties to halve the sales tax on restaurants, would cut the average tax take by 7.80 kronor.

"We estimate that the government's proposal over lower restaurant sales tax will lead to stagnating price rises and that more jobs are created within the sector. The large regional variations will however remain," said Patrik Smede.

The lunch price index is a biannual review of standard lunch prices in Sweden. For the first half of 2010 the average lunch in Stockholm cost 76.90 kronor, 73.50 kronor in Gothenburg, and 73.50 kronor in Malmö.

Significant variations also occurred within cities. In Stockholm's inner-city the difference can be as great as 25 kronor.

The survey looks at a standard lunch in eateries in Sweden's cities. A standard lunch typically features a main dish, side salad, drink and coffee/tea.

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