Cooking gas price rises sharply, impacts household budgets in Brazil

With unemployment on the rise, the cost of gas has become a social problem.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Essential for homes, cooking gas has weighed even more heavily in the pockets of poor families during this pandemic period. Since May last year, the price of a gas cylinder has increased five times more than inflation.

The price of the cylinder rose in the second semester last year; however, the worst moment occurred this year. According to the IPC-S, the inflation indicator of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation's (FGV) Brazilian Institute of Economy (IBRE), used in salary and rent adjustments, prices soared 11.45% from January to April and 17.25% in the . . .

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