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UK inflation: which goods and services have changed most in price?

From olive oil to cocoa and carpets to holiday centres, how the cost of everyday things variesUK inflation falls by less than expected to 2.3%Big drop in UK inflation disguises more disappointing detailsThe UK’s annual inflation rate fell by less than expected to 2.3% in April. Economists had forecast a fall to 2.1%.The Office for National Statistics...

Wed May 22, 2024 16:08
I went a week without ultra-processed foods. Here’s what I learned

As I report more, I’ve stopped thinking of UPFs as food at all – and I suspect corporations don’t care how their products affect consumersUltra-processed foods are ultra bad for you. Here’s what to knowI’ve been standing in the dairy aisle at my local grocery store, poring over the nutrition labels on the backs of different soy, almond and oat milk...

Wed May 22, 2024 15:06
Three years of pain: how inflation drove the UK cost of living crisis

With prices forecast to increase at their slowest pace since 2021, we look at the biggest risers in goods and servicesAfter three long years of feeling the pinch, UK consumers finally look likely to get some relief from surging prices on Wednesday, when the Office for National Statistics releases its inflation figures for April. The data is widely expected...

Tue May 21, 2024 19:55
Americans are drinking half the coffee they did in the 40s

It’s unclear what’s behind Starbucks’ recent shaky sales – but US coffee consumption declined for decades after a 1946 peakTrouble is brewing at the biggest coffee chain in the US: Starbucks’ sales are struggling. A range of non-coffee factors, from broader economic questions to concerns about the company’s stance on Gaza, may be to blame. Still, despite...

Tue May 21, 2024 16:54
Latin America labels ultra-processed foods. Will the US follow?

In 2010, Mexico led the way, followed by Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina and ColombiaWhat are those weird ingredients in our favorite packaged foods?Candy lines every inch of the mercado de dulces in Mexico City’s historic center. Tantalizing strawberry-flavored chocolates and Tajín-covered mango gummies pack the narrow aisles of the meandering...

Tue May 21, 2024 15:54
‘Bloody £9 for two!’ How much does an ice-cream cost around the world?

After outrage in the UK about the skyrocketing cost of a scoop, how does the rest of the world compare?The cost of two ice-cream cones topped with bubble gum has famously risen to £9 in some parts of the UK. With inflation rampant in several countries around the world, is the price of cooling down on a hot day creeping up globally? Continue reading...

Mon May 20, 2024 18:01

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