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Here comes the traffic light for shopping against the expensive-prices

2023-06-04T11:11:13.004Z

Highlights: Assoutenti, will use the classic red, yellow and green colors to guide consumers in the purchase of goods and services. With the red light stop buying, the product costs too much. Among the goods that record the strongest price increases today are sugar (+52.6% on year), domestic flights (+43.2%), rice (+37.1%), international flights (+36.6%), preserved milk (+28.7%), olive oil (+24.6%) and potatoes (+22.2%)


Assoutenti, will use the classic red, yellow and green colors to guide consumers in the purchase of goods and services (ANSA)


With the red light stop buying, the product costs too much. Here comes a "traffic light" system that will use the classic red, yellow and green colors to guide consumers in the purchase of goods and services and help Italian families struggling with increasingly salty daily shopping, and a basket of products at controlled prices to be proposed to the government, large-scale distribution, producers and local authorities as an anti-inflation measure.
To launch it Assoutenti, which on the basis of the latest Istat data on inflation has published on its website and on the social channels of the association a traffic light involving a long list of products, goods and services and the related price increases.
"The inflation data for May show that the price emergency is far from resolved in Italy, with retail lists that for some sectors, such as food and shopping cart, remain at high levels. - explains the president of Assoutenti, Furio Truzzi - Among the goods that record the strongest price increases today are sugar (+52.6% on year), domestic flights (+43.2%), rice (+37.1%), international flights (+36.6%), preserved milk (+28.7%), olive oil (+24.6%), potatoes (+22.2%) and ice cream (+22%). Within the basket of goods used by Istat to calculate inflation, however, not all products suffer the same price increases. Some dairy products, for example, are increasing at a faster rate than other milk-based foods, or some vegetables are increasing twice as much as others in the same category. The same goes for some types of meat or fish, but also for household goods, appliances, body care, accessories, clothing, etc.".
To help consumers, the system developed by Assoutenti assigns the "green" traffic light to those products and services whose percentage growth on an annual basis is within the planned inflation rate (5.4%); The "yellow" traffic light is obtained by goods that, in the last month, have recorded an increase on an annual basis higher than planned inflation but within the average national inflation rate of +7.6% today; "Red" traffic light instead for those goods and services that increase above the average rate of national inflation.
"With this traffic light system, to be articulated at a later time at regional level, we want to make transparency in the retail price sector and help households by guiding them towards smart spending: using the data published on our channels, consumers will know in real time which products have suffered the highest price increases at national level in the last period, and opt, where possible, for goods whose prices have grown less than last year. We also ask all consumers to help us and report price increases in the territory or anomalies in the performance of price lists at local level. Finally, Assoutenti launches the proposal of the price-saving basket: on our website consumers can also indicate the products they would like to find in supermarkets at discounted prices, goods to be included from time to time in a special basket "with controlled price lists" that will be proposed to the Government, Mister Prices, large-scale distribution, producers and local authorities, to help families in daily shopping ", concludes Truzzi.

Source: ansa

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