Deutsche Post raises prices for shipment of books

FRANKFURT, May 18 (Reuters) - Deutsche Post DHL said it was raising the price of shipping packages of books and other goods in response to rising transport costs and volumes.

Effective July 1, prices will rise to 1.20 euros ($1.42) from 1 euro for the shipment of up to 0.5 kg (1.1 lb) of books and to 1.70 euros from 1.65 euros for up to 1 kg of books, it said in a statement on Friday.

It said the price of sending up to 0.5 kg of other goods would also rise, to 2.20 euros from 1.90 euros, but would be offset by an increase in discounts.

It said the price hike was the first for the shipment of books and other goods since 2013. ($1 = 0.8468 euros) (Reporting by Maria Sheahan Editing by Tom Sims)