During October, consumers saw price decreases in fresh fish and vegetables by 17% and 13% respectively, while toilet paper prices surged by 17%. Overall, 28 product categories saw price reductions, with 14 experiencing drops over 1%. In contrast, 17 categories had price increases, with notable hikes in toilet paper, frozen molluscs and shellfish, and fabric softeners. Shopping around can yield savings for budgetconscious consumers, as there is a variance in supermarket pricing for a standard basket of 56 goods, with an average price of €247. Starting from November 1, a zero VAT rate on select products is expected to benefit consumers, with savings of €5.74 on a €60 purchase.