The President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde, announced this Wednesday further interest rate hikes that will materialize in the next meetings of the Governing Council of the institution with the aim of curbing inflation in the eurozone.
In the case of Spain, although inflation continues to skyrocket to historical levels, this September the interannual rate of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has slowed down to 9%, which represents a decrease of 1.5 points compared to August, which was at 10.5%. Consumers’ pockets are already feeling the consequences, since the price of fuel, energy and the shopping basket has increased considerably.
In fact, The Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) has revealed that the shopping basket has risen on average this 2022 by 15.2%. However, some items have been able to withstand rising inflation, according to a study carried out by the Idealo.es price comparison site.
“The most outstanding case is that of the refrigerators”
Refrigerators and mattresses are 30% cheaper that before the conflict broke out in Ukraine, detailed in the study, and the economic impact it has generated. “The most prominent case is that of refrigerators, which at the beginning of the year stood at an average of 1,440 euros, and today they barely exceed 905 euros, that is, their cost has fallen by 37%”
In the case of mattresses, their price has followed a downward path in recent years. “In the month of February its average cost was 304 euroswhile in the month of August it was 215 euros, that is, 34% less”, they point out in the study.
The most classic toys have not been affected by the rise in the CPI either. “Barbie items are 28% cheaper today than in February.” For its part, “the average cost of LEGO brand products fell below 100 euros in August, when in February they exceeded 114 euros.”
In the textile sector there are also items that escape the price increase. “Clothes and footwear are today on average 9% cheaper”. So much so that winter clothing, such as coats, have fallen in price. The same happens with winter footwear, “which is 13% cheaper than in February this year, while hats or gloves fall by 5% and 9%, respectively.”