Posts Tagged ‘inflation’

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    Peanut Butter Prices

    Mar 25, 11 • 651 Views • No Comments

    Let’s say that you saw the price of Skippy peanut butter, Tropicana orange juice, and Quaker oatmeal went up. Would you be concerned about inflation? In a recent paper, researchers from Yale and the University of Chicago said it is a bit more......  [read more]

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    From China to Iowa

    Mar 5, 11 • 375 Views • No Comments

    We can travel very quickly from China to Iowa. In an excellent report from The Economist on feeding the world, you can see how an increasingly affluent Chinese urban consumer affects many of us. One example connects more Chinese meat consumption to soaring......  [read more]

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    Shrinking Packages

    Feb 17, 11 • 518 Views • 2 Comments

    Have you noticed that the 64-ounce Tropicana Orange Juice container now holds 59 ounces of juice? Or, that Scott Toilet Tissue is 104.8 sq. ft. instead of 115.2 sq. ft.? Other shrinking packages include… The 24-slice package of Kraft American Cheese has......  [read more]

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    CPI Concerns

    Jan 25, 11 • 677 Views • 1 Comment

    Should we care if China has a 5.1% annual inflation rate?  A little. The International Herald Tribune tells us that just 1/4 to 2/5 of the price we pay in the U.S. for an imported item reflects the cost of the good. Other slices of the price pie such as......  [read more]

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    The Christmas Price Index

    Dec 24, 10 • 391 Views • No Comments

    You might want to check the CPI…the Christmas Price Index. Calculated by PNC for the last 27 years, it tells us the value of the items in “The 12 Days of Christmas.” This year, the PNC CPI totaled $23,439.38 for anyone purchasing one of each......  [read more]