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At the rate of inflation in May, according to the INDEC, rose 3.1% compared to the previous month, sales in the self-service continued to fall. According to the data handled by Scanntech, the drop in mass consumption in these stores was 10.5%, leaving the cumulative year with respect to the same period last year with a negative variation of 10.6%.

Particularly in the Federal Capital and Greater Buenos Aires, the variations in sales were deeper than in the interior of the country.

Gustavo Mallo, analyst of the consultancy, explains that “the transactions, which also show the same negative sign with a variation of -6.4% versus May of last year, indicate that the trend of fewer units per act of purchase continues ” “In May that average of units per ticket was 4.48, compared to 4.65 the previous year, they are decimal variations, but they reflect a trend,” he added.

According to the data of the consultant, the average ticket in the self-services (both Chinese and national that do not exceed 400 m2), passed the barrier of $ 200, ($ 207.32) which is equivalent to saying that the expense in each Purchase opportunity increased by 51%. The year-on-year variation in the consumption basket of packaged products is 57.2%. Practically the same level of year-on-year inflation (CPI) that INDEC reported yesterday (57.3%).

When analyzing, the rise in prices by families of products, according to this survey, cleaning and personal hygiene items are those that accumulate higher rises (64.93%). It is followed by food, with an average increase of 57.88%.

Drinks (mainly alcohol-free) and dairy products, followed by home care; snack and breakfast, and frozen are the categories of greatest contribution to the fall in sales.

However, according to Scanntech, “within this framework, the basic basket continues to show some categories such as flours, corn flour, rice, sugar and dry pasta, with positive variations, for the third consecutive month”. This can be read as “a prelude to the recovery of consumption in the channel”, according to the theory of the consultant. Or, as the transfer of consumers to more basic products of lower value, to make the deteriorated family income.

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