In 2015, prices in the French overseas departments remained higher than in Metropolitan France

Laurence Jaluzot, Fabien Malaval, Guillaume Rateau, division Prix à la consommation, Insee

In 2015, prices were higher in the overseas departments than in Metropolitan France: from 12% higher in Martinique, Guadeloupe and French Guiana to 7% higher in Reunion Island and Mayotte. These disparities took into account lifestyle differences between households depending on the territory. If all households had consumed the average basket of goods and services of a mainland household, price differences would be even more striking. However, an overseas household would only make limited savings by paying for its usual basket at mainland prices. Overall, price differences can be explained largely by high food prices overseas: at these prices, a household in Metropolitan France would pay for its food products at prices which are 37% to 48% higher; an overseas household would pay prices 17% to 23% lower in Metropolitan France.

Insee Première
No 1589
Paru le : 14/04/2016