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Higher-income families are most sticking to the circular economy – O Jornal Económico

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Higher-income families are most sticking to the circular economy - O Jornal Económico

Families with higher incomes prioritize the circular economy in their daily consumption, while retirees are those less committed to the goals of the circular economy.

This conclusion was made on the basis of a study published this Wednesday by one of the centers of economic research of the promising department of Cetelem – BNP Paribas Personal Finance, which collected responses from 14 thousand people from Belgium, Spain, France and Portugal in 2020 and who served 10 consumption profiles that will fit the most common lifestyle in Portugal.

These profiles, the financial institution explains, were determined by intersecting socio-demographic criteria such as age, number of elements in the house, with budget criteria: net income, budget constraints, and others. Thus, it was possible to compile 10 profiles and the relationship of each with the goals of the circular economy (sustainability).

Cetelem says wealthier families lead rating because they are the ones who “embed the circular economy more deeply into their habits” because they manage to do it easier because of the “budget margin”. “These families do not hesitate to buy expensive products that seem to be the best in terms of quality, environmental impact and health,” explains Setelem.

They are followed by carefree young people, young couples, strategic families, and middle-aged golden couples as “proponents of the circular economy”. “As a rule, they are not owners and show interest in rental services, and they are also attracted to purchases from others (CtoC).” According to the study, this group is “also very concerned about environmental issues.”

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Most important, however, are young people who use secondhand shopping (26%) and online booking or exchange sites (29%). “They are focused on sustainable consumption, but price concerns make it difficult to deeper commitment to sustainability in purchasing decisions,” he says.

Understanding the circular economy as a cost-saving tool and facing the heavy burden of pre-allocated costs to which they are subject to pressure from families, single workers and humble middle-aged people seem to have “little interest” in this matter.

While families under pressure generate limited budgets that prevent them from choosing greener or better products, there are two groups of individual workers: 30-44 years old and 45-59 years old. “These two subpopulations have different habits due to their generation, which changes the way they are involved in the circular economy,” the study explains.

On the other hand, retirement couples and single seniors, since they are more prone to more traditional consumption where property is important, are not strategic targets for circular economy services.

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European Stock Markets Fall, Interest Rates Rise, Oil Rebounds – Markets in a Minute

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Euribor climbs three and six months to new highs in almost 14 years

Euribor rates rose today to new highs since early 2009 at three and six months and fell at 12 months.

The six-month Euribor rate, most used in Portugal for home loans and entering positive territory on June 6, rose today to 2.374%, plus 0.006 points, the highest since January 2009.

The six-month average Euribor rose from 1.596% in September to 1.997% in October.

The six-month Euribor has been negative for six years and seven months (from November 6, 2015 to June 3, 2022).

The three-month Euribor, which entered positive territory for the first time since April 2015 on July 14, also rose today, setting a new high since February 2009 at 1.922% plus 0.014 points.

The three-month Euribor was negative between 21 April 2015 and 13 July last year (seven years and two months).

The three-month average Euribor rose from 1.011% in September to 1.428% in October.

On the other hand, over a 12-month period, Euribor fell today, settling at 2.860%, down 0.019 points from Thursday, after rising to a new high since January 2009 of 2.879% on Thursday.

After rising to 0.005% on April 12, positive for the first time since February 5, 2016, the 12-month Euribor has been in positive territory since April 21.

The average Euribor rate for 12 months increased from 2.233% in September to 2.629% in October.

Euribor began to rise more significantly from February 4, after the European Central Bank (ECB) admitted that it could raise key interest rates this year due to rising inflation in the eurozone, and the trend accelerated with the start of the Invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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On October 27, to curb inflation, the ECB raised three key interest rates by 75 basis points, the third consecutive increase this year, after raising three interest rates by 50 basis points on July 21. growth after 11 years, and on September 8 by 75 basis points.

Changes in Euribor interest rates are closely linked to increases or decreases in ECB key interest rates.

Three-, six- and 12-month Euribor rates hit record lows respectively: -0.605% on December 14, 2021, -0.554% and -0.518% on December 20, 2021.

Euribor is set on the basis of the average rate at which a group of 57 Eurozone banks are willing to lend money to each other in the interbank market.

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Will there be a Black Friday discount? Diesel and petrol prices fall again in a week

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Será desconto de Black Friday? Preços dos combustíveis voltam a baixar para a semana

After successive increases, fuel prices begin to fall, which ultimately reduces consumer spending significantly, especially for those who travel by car every day. Indirectly, this fall in prices will also affect the prices of the products we find in supermarkets (among many other sectors), which in a period of high consumption will be a welcome relief.

For the third week in a row, diesel and gasoline prices have fallen again.

Fuel prices continue to fall

Today's news shows that diesel and gasoline prices are expected to fall next Monday by 0.05 and 0.045 euros respectively.

According to the General Directorate of Energy and Geology (DGEG), next week's average prices should be 1.641 euros per liter of regular diesel fuel and 1.644 euros per liter of 95 petrol, not forgetting that prices can vary from gas station to post office.

Until the end of the year, consumers will continue to benefit from lower ISPs and the suspension of the carbon tax. Despite this decline, prices remain above pre-war levels.

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discover the 10 foods that have grown the most in the past week

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discover the 10 foods that have grown the most in the past week

A basket of essential products now costs 212.76 euros, which is 29.13 euros (15.87%) more than it cost on February 23, on the eve of the outbreak of the armed conflict in Ukraine. Over the past nine months, dairy and meat products are the categories with the largest increases of 20.79% and 19.41% respectively.

According to the organization, “however, growth is being felt across all food categories. In the analyzed period, frozen food, fruits and vegetables, fish and grocery stores also rose in price by 17.96%, 14.45%, 14.38% and 13.34% respectively” compared to February.

Between October 16 and 23, the top ten products with the highest price increase were horse mackerel (24%), quick-frozen peas (18%), ground roasted coffee (13%), sea bass (11%), cereal flakes. (9%), sea bream and extra virgin olive oil (8%), port wine and hake medallions (6%) and finally dried garlic (4%).

From February 23 to November 2: fresh hake (50%), white sugar (49%), tomato pulp (48%), oranges (41%), UHT semi-skimmed milk (37%), turkey steak (33%). , cookies “Maria” and eggs (32%), carrots and a whole chicken (31%).

The Consumer Advocacy Association monitors weekly prices for a basket of 63 staples that includes turkey, chicken, hake, horse mackerel, onions, potatoes, carrots, bananas, apples, oranges, rice, spaghetti, sugar, ham, milk, cheese and butter.

The association explains that this increase is due to the fact that Portugal is “heavily dependent on external markets to guarantee the supply of cereals needed for domestic consumption”, which “currently represent only 3.5% of national agricultural production: mainly corn (56 %). , wheat (19%) and rice (16%).

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“And if in the early 1990s self-sufficiency in grain was about 50%, now the value does not exceed 19.4%, which is one of the lowest rates in the world and obliges the country to import about 80% of grain. ” adds Deku.

The organization explains that “the Russian invasion of Ukraine, where most of the grains consumed in the European Union and Portugal come from, has put even more pressure on the sector, which is struggling with the consequences of the pandemic and drought. with a strong influence on production and stockpiling.”

“Limiting the supply of raw materials and increasing the cost of production, namely the energy needed for agri-food production, can thus be reflected in higher prices in international markets and, consequently, in prices at the consumer,” he emphasizes.

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