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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, August 6,1974^THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-17 Ottawa suffering greatest over-all food price increase By CHERYL HAWKES The Canadian Press Predictions of an over-all levelling-off of food prices made by the Food Prices Review Board in late June were not realized in July, a Cross-Canada surveyof 12 Canadian cities by The Canadian Press shows. July offered further increases in the total cost of 17 standard items. The burden of the increases shifted somewhat with central and Western Canada- hardest hit in June-seeing some stabilization. Charlottetown meanwhile, swapped places with Vancouver as the city with the most expensive total food basket and with Ottawa as the city suffering the greatest over-all food price increase. With food prices already up 17.4 per cent over last year, some observers predicted that a defeat of the Progressive Conservatives in the July 8 election-arid removal of the threat of wage and price controls- would prompt food suppliers to haul out bargains they were thought to be holding in the wings until after the election. The theory didn't hold out and other factors combined to prompt higher over-all beef, pork, poultry and bread prices. A month-long strike by three major meat-packing companies in Alberta took its toll with rising sirloin and pork loin prices. Bakers cite increased transportation, packaging and labor costs as reasons for continuing rises in the price of bread. Egg and poultry prices, afftcted by the government ban on lower-priced imports from the United States, are expedted to remain high in August as well. Sugar prices, which increased by leaps and bounds earlier in the year, continued to climb in most centres. A continuing embargo on DES-treated beef from the U.S. is also tilting beef prices upwards. Potato prices dropped by as much as $1.05 for a 10-pound bag, while milk and butter prices remained generally unchanged. But Canadians will soon be paying eight cents a pound more for butter, four cents a pound more for powdered skihn milk and more again for products containing Industrial milk, as a result of higher federal support prices for dairy farmers announced by the government last Week. The Canadian Press survey is based on a shopping basket of 17 standard items, prices on the last Tuesday of each month. Items are priced in the same supermarket each month and show the lowest regular price for the same items or, when a product is out of season or unavailable, the nearest comparable items. The survey began in April, 1973. The shopping basket consists of a pound of sirloin-tip roast of beef, all-beef wieners centre-cut loin roast of pork, first-grade chicken, ground chuck, frozen cod fillets, first-grade butter, tomatoes, frozen green peas, Mcintosh apples and drip coffee. Mcintosh apples were out of season in many centres last month and were replaced in the survey by an available variety of red eating apple. HELP US TO HELP OTHERSI The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects ' CALL 328-2860 FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 - T�l AVE. S. The food basket also includes a dozen medium white eggs, a quart of homogenized whole milk, a 24-ounce loaf of sliced white bread, 10 pounds of first - grade potatoes, a 24-ounce can of first - grade, halved pears and five pounds of white granulated sugar. Vancouver-Pork took the largest leap here-up 50 cents a pound from June to $1.79. Next in line was a five-pound bag of sugar, up 29 cents to $2.10. Potato prices, do\yn in most centres, slid down furthest in Vancouver to 90 cents for a 10-pound bag-a $1.05 drop from June's price. Tomatoes were down 14 cents a pound to 55 cents; pork declined slightly. After a 10-cent jump which left sirloin prices the highest in the country in June, beef dropped six cents a pound last month to $2.29. Bread prices were up seven cents to 48 cents a loaf, milk up two cents to 47 cents. Pears and coffee each slid up six cents to 65 cents and $1.15, while butter dropped six cents to 87 cents. Wiener, chicken, ground chuck, and eggs remained steady. The most expensive food basket in the country last month at $18.02, this month's basket total eased to $17.26, still well above the $14.40 total price of a year ago. Edmonton-Sugar, coffee, apple, tomatoes, bread, milk, butter, chicken and ground chuck prices remained virtually unchanged in July. A 60-cent drop in potato prices contributed to a lower-prices food basket. Cod also dropped 26 cents a pound to $1.03, while eggs fell eight cents to 83 cents a dozen. Sirloin took the largest jump- up 50 cents to $2.55 a pound, followed by a 16-cent increase in canned pear prices to 49 cents, a 14-cent increase in pork prices and a four-cent rise in wieners to 93 cents. Total market basket value for July was $16.28, for June $16.84, for July, 1973, $14.38. Regina-Sugar took a large leap here-up 31 cents to $2.25 for a five-pound bag. Apples were up 16 cents to 59 cents and pork rose 11 cents to $1.69. Wieners, chicken and tomatoes took the biggest price drops. Wieners dipped 11 cents to 78 cents, chicken eight cents to 79 cents and tomatoes 10 cents to 49 cents a pound. Compared with other centres, potatoes took a relatively small drop-down four cents to $1.65-while ground chuck, cod, milk, butter, pears and coffee remained unchanged. Sirloin, eggs and peas edged up slightly. Bread increased seven cents a loaf to 27 cents. Total market basket value for July was $16.96, for June $16.60, for July, 1973, $14.03 without apples. Winnipeg-While prices of wieners, bread, butter, tomatoes, peas and coffee remained unchanged, beef shot up 20 cents to $2.18 a pound and pork 33 cents a pound to $1.38. Chidken, ground chuck and potatoes all dropped 10 cents to 85 cents, $1.18 and $1.69, respectively. Eggs, milk, pears and sugar were up slightly. Cod was down four cents a pound to $1.25. Total market basket value for July was $7.53, for June $17.21, for July, 1973, $14.97. Toronto-Beef took a large leap here-up 93 cents a pound to $2.88. Coffee was up 31 cents to $1.49, wieners up 11 cents a pound to 89 cents, apples up 10 cents to 59 cents a pound and chicken up seven cents a pound to 83 cents. Potatoes took the largest step downwards-90 cents to 99 cents for a 10-pound bag, followed by drops in ground chuck and tomato prices. Pork and eggs declined slightly while the prices of cod, milk, and bread remained unchanged. Total market basket value for July was $17.80, for June $17.54, for July, 1973, $13.57. Ottawa-Prices levelled off last month after the city experienced the largest food price jumps in the country in June's survey. Beef and pork prices both jumped 24 cents to FABRIC SALE SUMMER CLEARANCE! Jerseys 9^^ 45" prints and plains. Value to $3.99 yd........................yard ^Bi Polyesters 388 60" prints and plains. $5.99 yd.......................yard^^ Drapery 199 Wide variety ...................... ..................yard Mi Poly-Cottons 199 45". Reg. Sz99,65% poly., 35% cotton prints ...................yard JL Acrylic Prints 199 45". Reg. $149 yd........ ............. ...............yard A Nylon TricQt 100 Solla Shades. Reg. $1.99 ............ ....................yard A Brushed Nylon gOc Solid Shades. Reg. $1.59 yd.............................. yard W W Watch For New Fall Fabrics Beginning To Arrive Fanny's . . . The New Home of PFAFF SEWING MACHINES JL A Jl Jl I O FACTOBY -- LETHBRIDGE LTD.------ The Largest Selection m Lettibndge 1239 - 2nd Avenue S. (Old John Deere BIdg.) Phone 329-335S Monday thru Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Water bed massage entices patrons MANILA (Renter) - "Massage on a water bed," "latest scientific techniques," "soft piped-in music." These are some of the enticements offered to patrons of Manila's rapidly expanding variations on the original Finnish theme of a quiet sauna hut. In the last five years almost 120 sauna parlors employing some 12,000 persons-mainly female "attendants"-have mushroomed throughout the city and drawn business away from the older massage clinics in the city's Chinese section. According to available figures for 19713, the revenue from these pkrlors totalled 65.5 million pesos (about $9,890,000) and;brought local governments total of 21 million pesos in a variety of taxes ranging from police licensing fees to health department clearances. Like their ccunterparts in many other Asian centres, they advertise I nder a variety of names-fountain of youth, health clinic temple of health, heal|h spa-and provide the same basic services, varying only in the degree of extras individual attendants rnay offer. ' Gimmicks prevail as in any other competitive business. When President Ferdinand Marcos introduced a midnight to 4 a.m. curfew in his martial law decree of September, 1972, some parlors countered with "our curfew special-four hours for the price of two." The pattern of service initially is predictable-a sauna or hot bath followed by a massage. But after that, it depends on what the customer wants and whether the attendant is willing. Sauna parlor operators say they have put between 200,000 and 800,000 pesos into their establishments and admit to a fairly fast return on their investments. Informed sources say the total investment rose 40 per cent last year compared with 1972. Ironically, the industry received an unexpected boost from the martial law declaration. $2.39 and $1.69 a pound respectively. Chicken increased 14 cents a pound to 83 cents and sugar rose 13 cents to $1.92. Coffee dipped to $1.18, down 21 cents from June. Wieners declined 16 cents a pound to $1.03 and cod seven cents to $1.22. Other products remained unchanged in price, accounting for a 32-cent increase in the price of the total food basket for July to $16.84, compared with June's $16.52. Value last July was $14.94. Montreal-Prices dropped over-all for the second month in a row, as this city recorded the lowest-priced food basket in the country. Potatoes dropped 40 cents a 10-pound bag to 99 cents, cod dipped 18 cents to $1.07 and pears declined 16 cents to 42 cents. Coffee, butter, egg and wiener prices also fell while chicken, ground chuck, milk and apples remained unchanged. Tomatoes increased 50 cents a pound to 99 cents, while frozen peas jumped 10 cents a pound to 45 cents. Market basket total for July was $15.95, for June $16.23; for July, 1973, $13.96. Quebec City-Sirloin, pork and cod prices rose between 50 and 60 cents a pound last month, while ground chuck dropped 50 cents to $1.29, Potatoes also dropped-76 cents a bag to 93 cents for 10 pounds. Coffee and sugar increased by 19 and 21 cents to $1.28 and $2.00 respectively. Most other prices remained unchanged. Market basket total for July was $17.78, for June $17.09, for Julv. 1973. $14.50. Saint John, N.B.-In switch from most other centres, sirloin and sugar prices here remained unchanged in July. But coffee rose 54 cents a pound to $1.75- the highest in the country-and cod increased 34 cents to $1.39. Potatoes, as in most other centres, experienced a major price drop-82 cents here to $1.67. Tomato and apple prices dropped 14 and 10 cents a pound to 65 cents and 33 cents respectively. Wieners increased in price, while ground chuck declined. Market basket total for July was $17.43, for June, $16.41, for July, 1973, $16.14. Charlottetown-Prices here suffered the largest increase in the country. Beef and egg prices remained the same, as did eggs, milk and tomatoes. Following the trend of other cities, potato prices were down-50 cents to $1.79 a bag. Cod was up 44 cents to $1.33, coffee up 40 cents to 1.65, sugar up 45 cents to $2.24 Chicken also increased 10 cents to 89 cents but ground chuck fell nine cents to $1.29. Market basket total for July was $19.66, for June, $17.42, for July, 1973, $15.48. Halifax-Pork and chicken prices rose while beef and wieners eased s|ightly with ground chuck unchanged. Cod rose nine cents a pound to $1.29. Sugar increased by 35 cents to $1.88 and coffee rose 10 cents to $1.19. Pears also increased 14 cents to 69 cents for a 28-ounce can. Potatoes dropped 70 cents a bag to $1.29. Milk, butter and egg prices remained the same. Market basket total for July was $18.53, for June, $17.89, for July, 1973, $15.04. St. John's, NfId.-Shoppers here suffered the second largest rise last month. Coffee and beef prices remained the same, as did eggs and milk. Unlike in other centres, potato prices increased-24 cents to $2.19 a bag. Cod was up 32 cents to $1.29, ground chuck up 64 cents to $1.44 tomatoes up 30 cents to 89 cents a pound and sugar up 31 cents to $2.09. No price declines were reported in any of the 17 items surveyed. 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