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Sinckler’s evidence

Carol Martindale

Sinckler’s evidence

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Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler says president of the Chamber Commerce Andy Armstrong’s battle is not with him, it is with the consumers.
He said it is the consumers who shop daily in the supermarkets and see the increases on food items.
Sinckler, speaking last night at a meeting at Coach Hill, St John, responded to Armstrong, who challenged him to bring the evidence of price increases.
The minister had said at a meeting last Thursday in Gall Hill that some supermarkets were ripping off consumers with indiscriminate price increases on food items.
Last night, Sinckler listed off a number of items which had gone up in price recently.
He said the price of a two kilogram bag of Bajan Pride flour, which was $4.99 (minimum price) before the Budget, had jumped to $7.50.
A 1750 kilogram bag of Indian Girl rice at minimum price was $5.30 and had now gone to $5.89, he said.
Eve macaroni, which was $1.75, was now $2.27, while the minimum price of stew beef was $11.79 per kilo, went to $22.75 around December 10.
He also said red seedless grapes which were $10.72 in November, were now $15.95 per kilo at maximum price.
When Sinckler raised the issue of food prices recently, he had used the example of a bottle of mauby he had bought from a supermarket.
He said last night that he still had the mauby bottle at his home and was waiting for the right supermarket owner to speak up.
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