Price increases in AK Price Monitor: rice and noodles cost 40 to 65 percent more in some cases

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Everything has become more expensive due to the current world situation with the Ukraine war. The current AK Price Monitor shows how devastating the inflation looks in figures for daily purchases.

Even inexpensive food is more expensive
Everything has become more expensive recently – inexpensive drugstore goods, food, and cleaning products, but also already more expensive brand products often cost – noticeably – more in a year-on-year comparison online and in stores. This is shown by a current AK price monitor of five online stores and ten chain stores in March and April.

AK consumer protection: “Food must remain affordable.”
AK Konsumentinnenschützerin Gabriele Zgubic: “Many have to buy cheaper products because their household budget is tight. People must be able to afford to live. Therefore, politics must do everything to ensure that food remains affordable.”

Inexpensive private labels are now in short supply in some cases
In drugstore products, there were often only more expensive goods in the online drugstores and not the inexpensive private labels. Müller now has them back online in some cases. But even affordable food and the already more expensive brand products cost more.

Four price examples: So expensive are flour, pasta, rice, and shower gel
Monstrously expensive – four price examples: A kilogram of cheapest handy wheat flour costs 0.41 euros in supermarkets and discount stores in June 2021 and 0.67 euros on average in March 2022. “That’s a price increase of about 65 percent,” Zgubic calculates. The price increase for cheap penne (one kilogram) was 53 percent (0.78 euros, June 2021; 1.19 euros, March 2022).

One supermarket was still charging 2.99 euros for a kilogram of Ben’s Original long-grain rice at the end of March 2021, then 4.19 euros at the beginning of April 2022. “The rice has become 40 percent more expensive,” Zgubic says. Axe shower gel (250 milliliters) was available in a supermarket for 2.39 euros in April 2021 and 3.89 euros in April 2022 – a price increase of around 63 percent.

The AK Price Monitor: This is how the prices were collected
To the price monitor: the AK has between March 2021 and April 2022 in the online stores (Bipa, DM Müller, Billa, Interspar) and stores (Bipa, Müller, DM, Hofer, Lidl, Penny, Spar, Billa, Billa Plus and Interspar) cheapest drugstore goods, food, and cleaning products and branded drugstore goods, food and cleaning products surveyed.

The AK Price Monitor with all details can be found at wien.arbeiterkammer.at/warenkorb.

  • source: ak.at/picture: pixabay.com
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