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 Inflação alimentar na Europa infographic
A infografia mostra os preços alimentares mais altos na Europa.


Inflação alimentar na Europa

By Duncan Mil

May 22, 2023 - O custo dos alimentos na Europa continuou a subir, aumentando 16,6 por
cento no ano até abril – apesar da baixa nos preços da energia – o que
é muito mais que a taxa de inflação geral de 8,1 por cento.

On global markets, the cost of grains, vegetable oil, dairy and other staple foods has fallen steadily from record highs. But the price-easing hasn’t reached retailers, supermarkets and families facing a cost of living crisis.

Central and eastern European states are the hardest hit by rising prices. Hungary and Croatia have moved to cap the cost of essentials to shield the most vulnerable, who tend to spend more of their income on food.

“We haven’t had price controls in a general pattern in the western world since the 1970s,” Lars Jonung, a Swedish economist and expert on price controls, told the Financial Times.

In Hungary, supermarkets had started limiting purchases, forcing shoppers to visit multiple stores or shop daily. In Greece, the government capped retailers’ profit margins on food sales to restrict prices.

France has negotiated a deal with supermarkets to offer a selection of items at the lowest possible price, while Spain is one of several countries to have cut value-added tax on food.

Food prices in Britain rose by 15.7% in April after a 15% rise in the year to March. Retailers deny that they are price gouging and have to take a loss on capped goods.

PUBLISHED: 22/05/2023; STORY: Graphic News