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Question:The government tells us that inflation is between 1% and 4.5%. In October 2006 it was 1.31%, in June 2006 it was 4.31%
But when I am in the supermarket, I get a different impression.
Answer:I tracked the cost of drinkable strawberry yoghurt as sold in Albertson's and Ralph's grocery stores here in California. I think I will introduce a new inflation measure - PSI - aka the ptiemann-strawberry-index :-)
1998: 1 quart was $1.79
assuming 10 percent annual inflation:
And yes, yesterday (December 2006) I saw my strawberry yoghurt on sale for $3.59 the quart, reduced all the way down from $3.99
Looks like dairy products suffer highly from the increased oil prices.