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School supplies rise in price: Repression of scams seized by the government

School supplies rise in price: Repression of scams seized by the government

School supplies rise in price: Repression of scams seized by the government

The Directorate-General for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) will conduct an investigation into the “rising prices of school supplies” that Delegate Minister for Commerce Olivia Gregoire confiscated on Thursday. “While keeping a close eye on protecting the purchasing power of the French, I have asked the DGCCRF to investigate,” the minister tweeted in response to the 10% price increase on school supplies marked by UFC-Que Choose between July 2022 and June 2022. July 2023.

This Bercy service will have to “check on the side of large distribution what is being done (beyond) the simple transfer of prices” from the market to consumers, in particular during promotions at the end of August. , “and so that there are no abuses,” Olivia Grégoire’s office clarified on the eve of the start of the school year.

In May, the government asked distributors to include school supplies in an anti-inflationary system it has been promoting since March to stop supermarket price hikes. “Of all the references that we have been able to identify, we have an average price increase of 10% within one year, so this will be extremely painful for families,” UFC-Que Choisir director Gregory Kare warned this Thursday morning at RMC, introducing the findings of a study published on Tuesday.

“The whole portfolio is concerned”

Growth reached 14% for stationery (notebooks, sheets, binders) “driven by a surge in raw materials,” according to an association estimate that recalls “the evolution of paper pulp prices, a 17% increase between Q1 2022 and Q1 2023. in France”. But “unfortunately, we are talking about the entire school bag,” said Gregory Kare.

Prices for brushes and paints, “artistic” material, rose by 9%, while prices for “scientific” material, rulers, compasses and squares – by 8%. Basic pens, pencils and markers are also 7% more expensive, according to research based on a July 12 survey of 137 products.

In the spring, a battle of numbers flared up against the ministry and an influential association over the effectiveness of the “anti-inflationary quarter.” As part of this operation, which has since been expanded, supermarkets are committed to selling products of their choice at the “lowest possible price”. A formula that gives them great freedom of maneuver.

Source: Le Parisien

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