Jim’s Mailbox

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Jim/Bill,

Want to move up the revolution exponentially?

Price toilet paper out of the reach of the masses.

Maybe San Francisco’s “poop in the streets” is giving us some insight into the future.

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

Get Ready To Pay More For Toilet Paper, Cat Litter And Garbage Bags
February 14, 2019

After finding they could largely get away with raising prices last year, makers of household staples are planning another round of inflationary price hikes in order to offset higher commodity costs and boost profits, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Unsurprisingly, the price increases have been working out swimmingly for makers of consumer-goods, particularly for companies whose competitors have responded with their own price hikes, according to Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog.

According to an analysis of Nielsen data by Sanford C. Bernstein, US sales volumes of personal and household products declined 1.4% in January, while dollar sales of those products rose 0.7% in the same period – suggesting that the price increases are more than offsetting the decline. Meanwhile, a robust job market providing Americans with the largest annual wage increases since the end of the recession has boosted average hourly earnings for private-sector workers by 2.9% y/y; the most since January 2009.

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