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Prices soar and propel New York to the top of the most expensive cities in the world


The strength of the dollar in recent months, a safe haven in times of crisis, has raised the cities of the United States to the ranking established by "The Economist".

New York is, for the first time, at the top of the ranking of the most expensive cities in the world, tied with Singapore, a regular in the first place, propelled by the global crisis in the cost of living, according to the weekly

The Economist


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“Prices have soared 8.1% on average over one year

(in local currency)

in 172 major cities around the world, the largest increase recorded for at least 20 years”

, according to the 2022 cost of living report , published Thursday, December 1 by the British magazine.

These increases reflect in particular the impact of

“the war in Ukraine and the persistent restrictions linked to the pandemic


disrupt supply chains”

and affect in particular

“energy and food”


New York and Singapore - the city-state is at the top of the ranking for the eighth time in ten years - dethroned Tel Aviv, the cultural and economic heart of Israel, which topped the ranking last year.

The strength of the dollar in recent months, a safe haven in times of crisis, has pushed US cities up the rankings because this is done after converting prices into US currency: its rise therefore automatically translates into higher prices. low outside the United States.

Los Angeles thus climbs to fourth place and San Francisco to eighth.

Paris loses 4 places, to 9th position

Moscow and St. Petersburg have seen their prices soar and jump in the rankings - the Russian capital moves up 88 places to 37th position - under the effect of Western sanctions and a buoyant energy market which supports the ruble, reports

The Economist


But most other European cities are falling, as the energy crisis and weakening economies have weighed on the euro and local currencies.

Paris thus loses four places, to ninth position, while Lyon tumbles 34 places, to 90th.

The fastest price increases were for gasoline (as in 2021), which rose 22% in local currency on the heels of crude prices, but also for electricity, food and utilities. basic household items.

By contrast, leisure prices remained subdued,

"which may reflect weaker demand, as consumers focus spending on essential goods

," according to

The Economist

, which draws on a survey conducted between August 16 and September 16th.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2022-12-01

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