Russia disposable incomes rebound 3.1% in 2021, Nov real wages up

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MOSCOW, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Real disposable incomes in Russia rebounded 3.1% in 2021 after a 2% drop the year before, statistics service data showed on Wednesday, further evidence of the country's economic recovery from the havoc wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Incomes pose a sensitive problem for Russian authorities, especially with rising prices hitting living standards and amid the threat of spiralling inflation, something President Vladimir Putin has called for pre-emptive measures to avoid.

For years, Putin has promised to raise real disposable incomes, a measure of people's purchasing power, but they shrank sharply in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis. The decline was exacerbated by the weakening of the rouble filtering into consumer prices.

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Real disposable incomes, which are adjusted for inflation and exclude mandatory payments, fell for four consecutive quarters as the pandemic hit, before rebounding 6.8% in the second quarter of last year.

An 8.8% jump in the third quarter followed, before a more modest rise of 0.5% in the final quarter of 2021, leaving annual growth at 3.1%, according to the Federal Statistics Service, or Rosstat.

Real wages rose 3.4% year-on-year in November, the data showed, well above expectations of a 0.6% from analysts polled by Reuters.

Average nominal wages earned by Russians rose 12.1% year on year to 55,639 roubles ($744.78) in November.

Rosstat provided the following data:

($1 = 74.7050 roubles)

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Reporting By Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alex Richardson

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