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Food, tolls, gas : what changes on the 1st February

Several measures come into force this Friday, as a component, a rather unpopular law Power. Frank up some of the rewards of activity, slight down-side price of

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Food, tolls, gas : what changes on the 1st February

Several measures come into force this Friday, as a component, a rather unpopular law Power.

Frank up some of the rewards of activity, slight down-side price of the gas, a preferential rate for regular motorway : February will still be marked by several developments related to the crisis of the yellow vests. But not only that.

certain price Increases at the supermarket

"there will be 4 % of the products that are going to increase a lot, has recognized the minister of Agriculture, Didier Guillaume on France Info radio on January 30. In total, "500 products on 13,000" will be involved in supermarkets, and "800 products on 20 000" in the hypermarkets.

The reason ? Distributors are now required to achieve at least a 10 % margin on the food products. The question, therefore, sell at the price at which they purchased it. The measure is the result of the law known as "Power", voted at the end of 2018, and which aims in particular to ensure that "pay the fair price to the producer".

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Consequence : the prices of the "products" are expected to climb in some shops, those that were sold with margins, ultra-low or zero in order to attract the consumers on the shelves - often of agri-food products from major brands. The government hopes that this additional margin made on the products by the distributors will be returned to the farmers.

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The UFC-That to Choose, opposed to the reform, estimated that it will cost "nearly a billion consumers" over two years. "A puncture all the less acceptable that it will be concentrated on consumers with low budget," she wrote. "This will not be all the distributors will have to increase their prices, but those who have an aggressive pricing policy, and to which just turn the small consumers ! The French well-to-do shopping in the city centre would not be, however, not the color of this inflation." She also laments that "nothing in the act does not provide for such mechanism for the extra margins achieved by the large distribution percolate to the food industry and the farmers."

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Since 1 January, the promotions on food products are also framed - in operations "buy one, get one free", are banned (but offers 'the two purchased, get one free" is still permitted). Both measures apply on an experimental basis for two years.

Tolls : fares more expensive, but a new subscription

Who says February 1, is often said increased rates at road tolls. In 2019, the increase would amount on average to about 1.8 %, under contracts binding the State to the concessionaires of motorways. A figure that circulates a lot, but not confirmed by the ministry.

A novelty has, however, been negotiated by the government for regular users : the dealers are committed to offer a preferential rate for drivers of passenger cars and two-wheeler making at least ten trips in the same month. Discount : 30 %. Subscription price in this formula : maximum of 2,50 €.

- 0.8% for the gas regulated

After a decrease of 2.4 % in December and 1.9 % in January, the average fare, excluding taxes, decreased by 0.8 %. In detail, it will be - 0.3% for those who use gas for cooking, - 0.5% for those who have a dual-purpose cooking and hot water, and - 0.8% for households heating with gas.

After a decrease of 1.9 % in January, the average fare, excluding taxes, of the gas decreases by 0.8 % in February 2019.


The government has asked Engie to undertake in December of special operations to cover on the gas wholesale markets in the to ensure that prices do not increase until mid-2019, the following average changes in prices are already known : 0 % in march, 2.1% in April, 0.7% in may and 0.5% in June (a decrease of 4.1 % over the five months).

The best for the premium business

This is the beginning of February you will see on your account the colour of the increase of the premium of activity recorded in response to the movement of the yellow vests and entered into force in January. This premium is paid in arrears, that is to say, at the beginning of the month following the month for which it is due.

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in Concrete terms, the persons with professional income monthly at least 1203,60 € per month (120 times the gross hourly minimum wage) will benefit from the maximum increase announced, 90 €. Those winning 591,77 € or less will not increase. For the middle income, the increase will be gradual.

Still no upgrade for the booklet A

The rate of the booklet Has (0.75% of net) has not changed since the mid-2015 and will not move not one iota, on the 1st of February, despite inflation. The government had announced the end of 2017 its decision to freeze for two years, this rate is normally revised twice a year, 1 February and 1 August. A new indexation formula shall be applied from 2020.

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End balances in view...

On Tuesday, February 19, will conclude the winter sale on most of the territory (Martinique and Mayotte included). By way of derogation, they will end on 12 in the departments of Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Vosges, as well as in French Guiana ; on February 15, in Guadeloupe ; 26 in Saint-Pierre-and-Miquelon ; the 15 march Meeting (because of the Southern hemisphere, it is summer).

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