Serbians have been buying coal and wood in preparation for next winter following price hikes of more than 80 percent.
The Nova.rs portal said that the price of coal used to heat private homes rose from 8,000 Dinars (1 Euro – 118 Dinars) to 23,000 Dinar a ton while the price of wood rose from a 9,000 Dinars a cubic meter to 11,000. Compressed wood pellets prices rose from 30,000 to 42,000 Dinars a ton.
Retailers said their prices are going up because of the Ukraine crisis and instability on the market and warned that there could be shortages. Some retailers said there are doubts about whether mines in Serbia can supply enough coal for next winter.