Dear life, Massimiliano Dona (Consumers Union) at Free.it |  “Italians forced to buy less and diesel fuel skyrocketed.  The next few months ... "

Dear life, Massimiliano Dona (Consumers Union) at Free.it | “Italians forced to buy less and diesel fuel skyrocketed. The next few months … “

The dear life presses the country. The Italian economic situation is not the best. Istat data for July also tell us this. Compared to June, sales start to grow again, but the divergence between the positive trend in sales in value and the negative one in volumes continues, down for the second consecutive month. Italians choose to cut the products in the cart and prefer to buy in discount stores, in search of the offer. To cope with the dizzying rise in prices. Meanwhile, the price of diesel also continues to rise. At Free.it Massimiliano Dona, president of the Consumers Union.

Between inflation, increases in prices on every good and expensive fuel, everyday life has become heavy. It’s expensive. The data Istat relating to July, released today by the agency, show a photograph of an Italy that spent a little more in July, probably also for holidays, but which still tightens the belt. And she prepares to face the next ones difficult months. At Free.it Massimiliano Donapresident of the Consumers Union.

Dear life, Massimiliano Dona (Consumers Union) at Free.it | “Italians forced to buy less and diesel fuel skyrocketed. The next few months … “

The ISTAT data for the month of July were released today. Sales appear to have risen 1.3% from the previous month and 4.2% year-on-year. Is this an encouraging sign?

“This is a technical rebound after the fall in June. But the truth is that Italians always stay on a diet! Sales could only improve compared to the previous month, when they had plummeted on all fronts: economic, trend, food and non-food. On an annual basis, however, the knots come to a head ”.

What do you mean?

“Skyrocketing prices have forced Italians to cut back on food purchases. If food sales in value, in fact, due to inflation, rise by 6.1% compared to July 2021, purging them of the price effect, the mirage vanishes and falls by 3.6%, with an abysmal difference of 9.7 points percentages. In short, Italians tighten their belts on food, eating less. And indeed, according to the study we carried out, July food sales are lower. Both in February 2020, the last pre-lockdown month, and with respect to January 2020, the last pre-pandemic month “.

Things are not going well on the fuel front either, are they?

After the already astronomical rise of last week, the sixth largest ever, it rises in just one week by almost 3 cents per liter, 1 euro and 49 cents for a full tank of 50 liters.

Dear life, Massimiliano Dona (Consumers Union) at Free.it | “There are huge speculations”

The different trend compared to gasoline is a demonstration of the fact that the quotations of the price of crude oil have little to do with that of fuels. And that there is simply more speculation on diesel, taking advantage of the fact that it is more forced consumption than petrol ”.

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Dear life, Massimiliano Dona (Consumers Union) at Free.it | “There are huge speculations”

Does diesel still cost more and more?

Yes. Since the war began, if a liter of gasoline now costs over 10 cents less, with a decrease of 5.6%, equal to a saving of 5 euros and 17 cents for a 50-liter tank, diesel , despite the government’s cut of 30.5 cents, it remains at even higher levels than pre-conflict levels. Almost 12 cents per liter, with a jump of + 6.7%, equal to 5 euros and 80 cents per refueling. A shame. Compared to the beginning of the year, gasoline increased by 1.6%, equal to 1 euro and 35 cents for a full tank, diesel instead took off even by 16%, 12 euro and 65 cents per refueling, equivalent to 304 euros on an annual basis “.

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