PRICE INDEX SPAWNS A REAL CRISIS

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (FNS) -- Brazilian supermarkets are in a state of turmoil. Afraid the government's new price index will result in revenue losses, store operators are rapidly raising prices. The government, in turn, is threatening to crack down on supermarkets guilty of price abuses.The new price index, called the Real Unit of Value, or URV, is part of the government's bid to curb inflation,

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (FNS) -- Brazilian supermarkets are in a state of turmoil. Afraid the government's new price index will result in revenue losses, store operators are rapidly raising prices. The government, in turn, is threatening to crack down on supermarkets guilty of price abuses.

The new price index, called the Real Unit of Value, or URV, is part of the government's bid to curb inflation, now at 40% per month, and stabilize the economy.

The URV, which was announced F

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