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When will prices go back down?

Oct 6, 2023
The answer might disappoint you.
Inflation is slowing, but when will prices go back down? Above: Shoppers walk through a grocery store in Washington, DC.
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We want your “shrinkflation” stories

Feb 8, 2023
It’s a sneaky tactic to hide inflation: reduce a product’s size, but not its price.
Packages of 4.5 ounce Chobani Flips, that were previously 5.3 ounces, are displayed on a shelf at Target. Some companies are using a tactic known as "shrinkflation," where the product gets smaller, but the price stays the same.
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How do consumer products companies decide how much they'll raise their prices?

Oct 20, 2022
It depends on the ingredients that go into a product and how much competition it faces.
Consumer products companies like Procter & Gamble and Nestle have recently raised prices on some items rather than a blanket price increase.
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What's the connection between domestic manufacturing output and consumer prices?

Apr 15, 2022
There are fewer roadblocks for manufacturers recently, but economists say increased domestic production won't necessarily lead to lower prices in the U.S.
Two major roadblocks to manufacturing — supply chain snarls and hiring — have been easing lately.
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Inflation is high, but has it peaked?

Jan 12, 2022
Inflation is high but decelerating. So when will it decelerate to something normal?
Though there are hints that inflation may be near its peak, economists debate how long factors that influence it — like the labor shortage — could persist.
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Consumer prices are growing faster than they have in 30 years

Nov 24, 2021
The Fed's preferred means of measuring inflation jumped 0.6% in October.
Food prices have jumped 4.8% since last year.
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Consumers are getting used to higher inflation

Oct 13, 2021
The consumer price index rose 5.4% year over year, as consumers' inflation expectations hit a series high of 5.3%, the New York Fed said.
Consumers are feeling inflation everywhere from groceries to rent to gas prices. Above, customers shop for fresh fish in San Francisco in 2021.
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How sensitive are people to price hikes?

Jul 30, 2021
There is a usually a limit on how much consumers will pay for a given product. But figuring out what that limit is not easy.
Procter & Gamble, maker of Tide laundry detergent, reported expectation-breaking earnings Friday morning but warned of future product price hikes.
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