Eurostat has published prices for basic basket products comparing price levels across different EU countries.
Clothes were cheaper for Albanians during 2018. Although the price level for clothing is almost the European average, during the year that we left behind they dropped slightly, from 97.1 to 96.5 of the European average.
The contrary happened with the prices of shoes. According to the Eurostat figures, shoes have become more expensive, rising from 87.8 % to 93.5%.
Compared to regional countries, prices in Albania are higher than in Northern Macedonia, but cheaper than in other countries. For 2018, Bosnia and Herzegovina holds the record for the most expensive prices with a level of 107.6%. Bosnia’s clothing prices jumped last year, rising above the European average. In Serbia and Montenegro, the price level stood at 97.3% and 97% of the EU average, respectively.
Although Albania ranks among the lowest per capita countries, when it comes to clothing, Albanians spend as much as Europeans. According to data from the 2017 Household Budget Survey, household expenditure on clothing and footwear accounted for 4.3% of the total, up from 4.8% a year earlier.