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Someone will eat less. And live less

Oatmeal, potatoes, rice – the simplest foods become more expensive weekly. We are not even talking about buckwheat, habitually growing in price, which has become a barometer of socio-economic storms. Russians are used to the fact that goods on the shelves are not getting cheaper. But such a sharp rise in prices, as this fall, has not been recalled for a long time.

A peculiarity of this season: prices rise sharply – by 5-10% per week for some positions. Another sign: everything rises in price. Even coffee in vending machines. The price monitoring tables published by the bureau of statistics include only a limited list, but it also shows how fast price tags are being rewritten, worthy of the mid-90s.

Correspondents of “Novaya” went shopping in different regions of the country, the picture is the same everywhere. The population is no longer poorer, but poorer: what else to call a family with two working adults, where they never allow themselves to buy a kilo of beef or a round of sausage? Only a beggar.

People who somehow made ends meet, after all the obligatory payments, paying in grocery credit cards (bread – on credit, butter – on credit, a pack of pearl barley – on credit!), Were faced with a choice – to pay or eat.

Many, six months ago, who were shopping in decent hypermarkets, went to hard discounters. No salary indexation, which, however, does not exist, will not keep pace with the rate of change in food prices.

As for non-food products, the situation is similar: everything rises in price, including the auto industry. The car is becoming a luxury again, especially with the cost of gasoline and proposals to raise fares on toll roads.

Pandemic restrictions were imposed on wild inflation: people were left without earnings for an indefinite period for the second time in a year. A business that has survived past waves is barely scrambling for salaries. Individual entrepreneurs and self-employed people were left without income.

Against this negative background, officials manage to publicly complain about their own low salaries and compensate them with multi-million dollar bonuses. Here, as in an anecdote about vodka that has risen in price: “Dad will drink less? “No, son, you will eat less.”

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Arctic

Solaris Index

In Murmansk, you can save up for a car in 6 years. But only if you don't eat

The path that Murmansk residents make to buy a new car is considered the longest in the country – 1400 km. A significant proportion of potential motorists go to St. Petersburg for a car – there is more choice and prices are lower.

There are only a few car dealerships in Murmansk, however, the spread is wide – from the domestic car industry and Uzbek small cars to the premium segment, which, by the way, is in demand – mainly from the military. The military in the North are now the richest people, whose salaries, according to statistical calculations, allow officials to talk about the high level of income of the northerners in general. If a warrant officer in a garrison receives 200-250 thousand a month, and a librarian 30-35, on average, each receives 140 thousand. Only one can afford a Lexus, and the other never buys sausage.

On Black Tuesday 2014, when the ruble collapsed once again, it was the car dealerships that were the first to empty: people invested their savings in expensive cars, some even took two.

Murmansk is a small city, there are usually 2-3 models available in car dealerships, and waiting for an order takes months, so it is faster and easier to fly to St. Petersburg by yourself. A year ago, we took such a walk with two friends – each eventually returned home by car. The deal took me a couple of hours, the second member of the team took a couple of days, and the third took a week. In addition to speed, the difference in price is obvious: my simple SUV in a good configuration cost 1 million 400 thousand, while no additional upgrade was imposed on me.

In Murmansk, his half-brother of a simpler configuration, but forcibly hung with additional equipment, costs more than two million. The explanation is simple: the very 1400 km that an auto transporter needs to do, “northern” staff bonuses, the high cost of maintaining the cabin itself, low competition, and so on. …

At the same time, the market for used cars in Murmansk is just voluminous and very humane in terms of prices. It is believed that here you can buy the cheapest in the country “Solaris”, which has become almost the most “popular” car of Russians and a favorite of taxi drivers. On Internet bulletin boards, the price for this model in Murmansk starts from 400 thousand and does not exceed 700.

No less popular three years ago, Renault Megan is sold for less than half a million, the same is the 10-year-old Mazda. A Japanese SUV, which has seen its sights on the polar off-road, will cost 600-700 thousand, in good condition – for a million.

The low cost is clear: operation in the North is much faster wear and tear than in a temperate climate.

According to a recent study, it will take a resident of the Murmansk region 5.8 years to save up for a new car, and only 2.6 years for a used one. True, in order to implement this plan, you need not spend money on anything at all, especially on food. The rise in prices for it does not stop and even accelerates: according to the latest reports from Murmanskstat, over the past week, potatoes rose in price by 7.6%, butter by 5.5%, millet by 4.8%, and so on.

The cost of a kilogram of beef in stores goes through the roof for 500 rubles, lamb is approaching 700, frozen chicken – to 200. Buckwheat crawled upwards for 140, a dozen eggs cost 84 rubles, a liter of milk 70-90 rubles. At the same time, the main rise in prices for dairy products is expected in a month, retailers have already begun to receive notifications about this from manufacturers.

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St. Petersburg

And the prices keep jumping and jumping

The grocery basket in the northern capital has been steadily rising in price since January

Inflation, primarily food inflation, beats all records: according to analysts, there has not been such a serious rise in prices as this year in Russia since 2016. Despite the fact that the grocery basket in St. Petersburg has been steadily rising in price since January, in November prices for many products went up again. They are expected to jump by 8.02% on average. The increase will most strongly affect several categories of goods: chicken, meat, vegetables, fruits, cereals.

Producers of buckwheat, rice, oatmeal, cereals and legumes warned consumers in advance that from November 2021 the cost of these products will increase by 10-20%.

The main reason is the current crop failure. The prices for basic cereals, if they stabilize, then only with the arrival of a new crop on the market.

By November 1, in St. Petersburg stores, the price tags for oatmeal were really rewritten (a pack of oatmeal weighing 350 g now costs not 79–99 rubles, but 89–99), buckwheat (instead of yesterday's 120–140 rubles per kg today 160–180), rice (not 130-180 rubles per kg, but 180-220, in some stores the cost of a kilogram of rice reaches 410 rubles). A little earlier, prices for beef rose (from 690 rubles per kg to 720-750), pork (from 450-475 rubles per kg to 479-520), chicken (from 260-280 rubles per kg to 300-320). The rise in prices has not yet affected fruits and vegetables, with the exception of tomatoes (jumped from 220–250 rubles per kg to 260–300) and cucumbers (now they are no longer 110–120 rubles per kg, but 130–150).

In addition to the poor harvest, among the pro-inflationary factors, St. Petersburg businessmen cite the global rise in prices for food and cars, as well as the forced epidemiological restrictions that complicate the work of business, including the November non-working days announced by the president.

Since October 30, both small entrepreneurs working in the food industry and chain retailers in the northern capital have noted a noticeable drop in consumer demand. Buyers, in turn, emphasize that it was at the end of October, in addition to the projected markups for a number of goods, that the prices for which were not announced or expected to rise unexpectedly: salt, sugar, coffee, tea, soap, shampoos, washing powder and toilet paper. Coffee drinks were overestimated even in vending machines, raising prices by 10-15 rubles.

Inflation is picking up speed in the automotive market as well. According to Auto-Dealer-SPb, in 2021 on average in St. Petersburg prices for new cars increased by 5-10%. Following them, used cars also rose in price. According to the Pragmatica Group of Companies, this year the cost of used cars in the Northern capital has grown by 52% compared to the same period last year. Now the average transaction price in the mass segment exceeds 510 thousand rubles.

The increase in the cost of cars – imported and domestic, new and used – the St. Petersburg experts do not consider an exclusively Russian problem. This is explained by the shortage of car production in the world market, as a result of which the demand for them exceeds the supply. In September, the shortage of new cars in dealerships in the Northern capital reached critical levels.

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