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Ice Cream, Holidays And Hotels Cost More In June

The prices of “summer” products specifically ice creams, package holidays and hotels went up in June, compared to the previous month, according to data released by the Cyprus Consumers Association, based on the Consumer Price Index.

According to the data, the price of organised domestic holidays has increased by 11.8%. At the same time, ice creams are 8.07% more expensive, while hotels’ prices have also increased by 7.76% compared to May.

Compared to May 2024, an increase was also recorded in the price of dried, salted and smoked meat by 5.09%, yoghurt by 3.75%, food processing equipment by 3.5% and fresh fruit by 3.44%.

On the contrary, compared to May, in June the price of sewerage services decreased by 10.4%, the price of subscription to TV stations dropped by 10.06%, while the price of fresh vegetables, excluding potatoes and other bulbs, decreased by 9.12% and vegetables by 7.07%.

Compared to June 2023, in June 2024 the price of olive oil continued to register a large increase by 63.09%, passenger transport went down by 16.54%, fresh fruit by 15.42% and fruit by 12.87%.

A significant decrease, compared to last year, was recorded in the price of sugar, by 20.44% in June 2024. Garden furniture is also cheaper this June by 13.72%, while the price of butter decreased by 10.42%. 

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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