Punta del Este supermarkets raised prices for the summer and are 7.4% more expensive than Montevideo

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The biggest increases were in fruits and vegetables, food and cleaning supplies, according to a survey by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Punta del Este supermarkets raised prices for the summer and are 7.4% more expensive than Montevideo

The first differences are they began to see in the month of November, increasing in December, increasing the price even more in January.

The difference in prices in supermarkets in Punta del Este with respect to the in Montevideo, they are 7.4% more expensive, on average, according to a report prepared by the Consumer Defense Unitof the Uruguayan Ministry of Economy and Finance. This phenomenon occurs every year, and although the authorities carry out campaigns to combat the problem, in fact it continues to occur.

The high prices are not They only harm foreign tourists, but people who live all year in the spas also suffer from it. In addition, this factor is a great discourager for Uruguayan internal tourism

Private tour operators and also from the government speak of the start of the season with great enthusiasm. But the numbers began to drop, after the passing of the first half of January.

With the drop in Argentines and Brazilians, and the great saturation Of all the services, the drop in prices also arrives. This process occurs almost automatically, with lower demand, lower price.

The study carried out by the government

The analysis carried out by the Uruguayan economy ministry compared the prices of the main supermarket chains in the capital and in the eastern resorts of the country. In particular, it took into account locations in Punta del Este, Piriápolis and Atlántida.

The first differences began to be seen in the month of November , increasing in December, increasing the price even more in January.

In Punta del Este, the < b>higher raises they occurred in fruits and vegetables with 13.8%, followed by cleaning items with 7.9% and personal care with 7.5%. On the other hand, food and beverages have a price premium of less than 6.7%.

Supermarkets in Punta del Este raised prices for the summer and are 7.4% more expensive than Montevideo

This phenomenon occurs every year, and although the authorities carry out campaigns to combat the problem, in fact it continues to occur.

Piriápolis, presented prices that were 4.7% more expensive than in the capital, although it details that the increase between December and January was 0.1.

As in Punta del Este, fruits and vegetables were the most overpricedaverage (6.2%), followed by personal care products (4.8%), and food and beverages (4.6%).

In Atlántida, for its part, during the first fortnight of January, the premium in relation to Montevideo was 1.9%, where fruits and vegetables were also the ones that presented the highest increases.

Uruguay with many Argentine tourists

The season in Uruguay started with a bang. The crowded beachesof foreign and national tourists, among which Argentines particularly stand out who, beyond the exchange disadvantage, once again chose the country to vacation.

Supermarkets in Punta del Este raised prices for the summer and are 7.4% more expensive than Montevideo

(Credit: Marcelo Umpierrez)

According to data from the National Directorate of Migration, 460,000 visitors entered Uruguay between December 22, 2022 and January 8, 2023, and that figure exceeds that of the entire 2022 summer season.

173,490 Argentines and 53,417 Brazilians have entered Uruguay since December 22. The main entry points were Paysandú, Fray Bentos, Colonia, Salto and the Carrasco International Airport.

Punta del Este supermarkets raised prices for the summer and are 7.4% more expensive than Montevideo

Travellers arrive today at the Carrasco International Airport, in Ciudad de la Costa (Uruguay), in a file photograph. EFE/Federico Anfitti

Regarding the number of people who left the country, 340,738 Uruguayans did so. And about 139,542 Argentines, most of whom use the country to have the beaches of Brazil as their final destination.

Uruguayan tourism minister Tabaré Viera highlighted that the number of cruises who will arrive in Uruguay in summer will be a record of the last 8 years and that domestic tourism shows a growing trend in recent quarters. The department where internal mobility increased the most was Maldonado, with 17% higher than in 2022.

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