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Greek Supermarkets Must Insure “Household Basket” Items Available

ATHENS – As of Dec. 1, Greek supermarkets will have to make sure that some 51 products of essential items where prices are being held down are available and make it easier for customers to find them.

It’s part of the so-called Household Basket scheme of the New Democracy government to help families finding it difficult to make food purchases during high inflation cutting into their wallets.

The government said it’s working but some media reports indicated disgruntlement from shoppers, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said despite expected 6 percent growth in the economy that a 24 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on food can’t be reduced just yet.

The Ministry of Development said that besides putting a special mark on the items and making sure they are available that the supermarkets let shoppers know where they are in the store, said the state-run Athens-Macedonia News Agency.

Τhe consumers that choose products in the ‘household basket’ announced by supermarkets would benefit significantly, Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis said earlier although many shoppers don’t think so.

He visited nine supermarket chains in the Attica region to inspect the implementation of the “household basket” measure on its first day. “We saw that the supermarket chains have offered substantially lower prices in crucial products, we generally found very good offers,” Georgiadis said.

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