Which products are more expensive in Brandenburg and which are cheaper


Potsdam.If you want to shop in Brandenburg, grab avocados, cauliflower and treat yourself to a glass of champagne. Because, contrary to the usual trend that everyday shopping and living are becoming more expensive at the moment, the prices of these goods have actually fallen. Cauliflower is a third cheaper than it was in April a year ago. And if you want to inflate a sparkling wine or champagne cork, you can get it about five percent cheaper than a year ago.

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This can be seen from the current Brandenburg State Consumer Price Index. Leeks and celery (34.4% each), carrots, mandarins and peppers also fell in price. However, these cheaper products may not slow record inflation. Inflation was 7.4 per cent in Brandenburg in April and 7.9 per cent in Berlin.

First of all, energy prices make life so expensive – they have risen by 34.8% in a year. Inflation is driven not only by heating and electricity, but also by mobility: LPG: plus 56.5 percent. Diesel – 53.2 percent, premium gasoline – 34.8 percent. The price of a long-distance bus ticket also increased by an average of one third.

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Economist: Low-income families have been particularly hard hit

One thing is clear: rising consumer prices are a source of fear. And they hit poorer households particularly hard, as Sebastian Dullien, director of the Hans Böckler Foundation’s Institute for Macroeconomic and Business Cycle Research at the union, explains: they have little room for maneuver and have to buy the everyday goods they need. “Gas, electricity, heating and food are very important for low-income families,” Dullien told MAZ. “For example, especially in rural areas, the car plays an important role in reconciling family and work.

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Inflation does not affect everyone equally

The share of these items was significantly lower in high-income households, especially wealthy single people. Taking these factors into account, household inflation is around 6 per cent in richer households and around 8 per cent in poorer families. “It’s a pretty big difference,” says Dullien.

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Many of the staple foods that are constantly in the shopping cart and whose prices can usually be at least roughly estimated have risen in price recently. That’s why weekly shopping can quickly reach a 20 percent plus, even though the overall rate of food inflation is lower. Brandenburg was up 10.1 percent in April.

How to create a shopping cart

Katja Kirchner monitors price developments in Brandenburg professionally: she heads the “Wages, labor costs, prices” section of the Berlin-Brandenburg statistical office. The work of her team is the monthly creation of a shopping cart, which statisticians use to follow the development of about 650 products and services according to a strictly standardized scheme. From A to LPG to Z for zucchini there are documents that are documented every month. This shopping cart is the same everywhere in Germany – so that the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden can determine the German consumer price index.

There are 650 items in your statistical shopping cart

But how to set prices for 650 goods and services every month? “For us, on the one hand, survey officials are traveling to ask for prices under a fixed scheme,” explains Katja Kirchner. Her team also researches online and uses questionnaires filled out by fixed contacts, such as housing companies or private landlords, to determine the cost of housing.

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48 so-called survey officers travel to the Brandenburg Statistical Office. Month after month, they gather and look at supermarkets, grocery stores and weekly markets to see how prices are changing. “Some of them are our former employees,” explains Katja Kirchner. They are clearly told which supermarkets they go to and what products they have to ask for there. “In a larger store, it can take two to three hours,” Kirchner says.

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