Even now, people say that it is very difficult to make a living, but there are many expectations that the second half of this year will be even more difficult.

Oil prices, as well as electricity and gas prices, and grain prices are expected to rise one after another.

It is predicted that the inflation rate could exceed 7% if it continues at this rate.

Next is reporter Jeong Hye-jin.


A traditional market in Seoul.

This pretzel shop is worried about the price of cooking oil for frying, which is rising day by day.

[Pretzel Shop Merchant: It has risen three times.

Last year, it was 24,000 won and 25,000 won, all in one bottle.

Now I want seven thousand.

Even 70,000 won is hard to buy right now.]

Even the tofu shop sighs at the rising cost of ingredients, whether imported or domestic.

[Tofu shop merchant: Domestic soybeans went up about 4 to 500 won per kilogram.

(The price of one piece of tofu) should be raised (I can't), but I'm already getting 5,000 won each elsewhere.] The

second half of the year isn't too bad either.

Imported grain is expected to rise 13.4% in the third quarter as contract volumes, which have risen in prices since the Ukraine crisis, came in.

When imported grain prices rise, domestic food and restaurant prices also rise.

In addition, food material prices are expected to rise due to the summer vacation season and demand for early Chuseok holiday items.

Also, from this month, the increase in electricity and gas rates will be reflected in the inflation rate, and the electricity rate is expected to rise by 4.9 won in October, so it will increase by at least 15.1% this year alone.

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International oil prices show no sign of breaking down as the war in Ukraine continues.

Although lowering the fuel tax is often reducing the price burden, it has already been expanded to the maximum extent, so there is no need to take additional measures.

[Eo Woon-seon/Statistics Office Economic Trend Statistical Review Officer

: International oil price rise and energy price rise, but also because it is influencing the increase in the cost of materials for industrial products and even food service items (it is difficult now)]

As long as the prices of imports, such as energy and raw materials, do not fall, it is expected that prices in the second half of the year may rise to the 7% range.

(Video editing: Kim Jun-hee, VJ: Park Hyun-woo)