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ATB: Price of beer down, price of internet access up in Alberta

Albertans are paying more than ever for natural gas, gasoline, books and cigarettes.

According to ATB, the price of the total basket of goods and services Statistics Canada uses to measure inflation increased in Alberta by 4.3 per cent between June 2019 and June 2021.

The item in the basket that went up the most over this period was natural gas, which increased by 68.3 per cent. Gasoline posted the second highest increase at 23.8. Both smokers and readers also paid more, with the price of cigarettes up by 19.5 per cent and the price of reading material up by 16.8 per cent.

Food prices increased by 5.3 per cent, with butter (16.1 per cent), eggs (14.2 per cent) and pork (13.6 per cent) topping the list followed by fresh fruit (1.6 per cent).

Meanwhile prices decreased for coffee and tea by 3.3 per cent and fresh vegetables by 5.4 per cent.

Hops and barley enthusiasts will be pleased to hear the price of beer purchased from stores decreased by four per cent (keeping in mind that this is an average across all beers).

Internet access – a service of particular importance during the pandemic – increased by seven per cent whereas clothing and footwear decreased by one per cent.