Money: IFO: Companies increase prices

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The IFO Institute does not see a quick end to high inflation in view of the announced price increases of German companies. According to a survey by the Munich researchers, many companies want to raise their prizes to a large extent. In August, the IFO index of the price expectations with 47.5 points was only 0.1 below the July value. Almost every company wants to raise prices in individual areas such as the food industry. "Unfortunately, the inflation wave leakage is not in sight," said IFO economist Timo Wollmerhäuser.

Timo Wollmershäuser, Konjunkturchef des ifo-Instituts in Berlin. © Carsten Koall/dpa Timo Wollmershäuser, economic chief of the IFO Institute in Berlin. On the contrary: In the coming months, he even expects higher inflation rates: "So far, the energy suppliers have only passed on a small part of the strong climbing of the stock market prices for electricity and natural gas to customers," said Wollmershäuser. «That should change in the coming months and lead to double -digit inflation rates. Consumers will therefore restrict their consumption, and all economic output will shrink in the second half of the year. » A price expectation of 47.5 means that the proportion of those companies who wanted to increase prices is 47.5 percentage points higher than the proportion of companies that want to reduce prices. The numbers are currently particularly high in retail, and the lowest in the main building industry.

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