By Michela DellaMonica, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — While government figures for national inflation hovered around 5.91 percent at the close of 2013, the cost of many everyday items seems to be increasing much faster. According to a recent survey conducted by O Globo, prices at botecos (bars) across Rio increased around fourteen percent since January of 2013.

The survey included research and observations from 35 botecos throughout Rio's Zona Sul (South Zone), Zona Oeste (West Zone), Zona Norte (North Zone) and Centro. Prices compared were for popular items such as caipirinha, chopp (draft beer), bottled beer . . .

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