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More competition could help with inflation. How would that work?

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Oranges, accompanied by a blurred out sign listing their price, are displayed at a produce stall.

The economic theory behind this is that companies in markets with more players aren't able to pass higher costs on to consumers as easily. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

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