Krasnodar, 11 April – Yug Times. Calling on supermarkets every day, most of us do not recall how the prices for eggs or pasta, beef or milk have been changing over the past few years. So, let’s compare: in April 2014, the average price for a kilo of beef (except for boneless) was 241 roubles, in 2016 – 306 roubles, currently (according to Russia’s Statistics Committee) – 324 roubles; it has risen by 34% since 2014. Chicken cost 108 roubles per kg five years ago, 140 roubles in 2016, and 152 roubles now – a 40% growth. It means that on the average, the prices for meat have gone up roughly by 33%. Dairy products have soared up more rapidly – say, butter cost 281 roubles per kg in 2014, 345 roubles in 2016, and it costs 467 roubles now – a 66% growth. A litre of milk with the fat content of 2.5–3.2% cost 40 roubles in 2014; now the price is 53 roubles. Ten eggs cost 46 roubles five years ago and 57 roubles in 2016; the current price is 64 roubles (a 40% growth). Another trick of the manufacturers is to reduce the number or the volume of the products in a set – say, eggs are now selling by 9 pieces per box.
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