Coloradans combat costs at the drive-thru amid soaring inflation
Driving the news: Fast food menu totals are up 7.2% year-over-year, according to a new report by the National Restaurant Association.
- That's the largest leap in four decades, Axios' Karri Peifer writes.
Zoom in: The price of McDonald's signature Big Mac has spiked 40% over the last decade.
- That means in Denver — where the iconic burger is 55 cents cheaper than the $5.94 national average — a minimum wage earner can afford two sandwiches (sans drinks or fries) for an hour's worth of work.
Yes, but: Ordering takeout remained cheaper than eating at home last month due to rising food prices in grocery stores across the country, according to the latest federal data.
The big picture: A return to pre-COVID prices at your favorite fast food chain, grocery store or gas station could be a ways away — if at all, Axios' Javier E. David reports.
- Meanwhile, the odds of a U.S. recession in the next two years hover at 35%, Goldman Sachs predicts.
The other side: While many consumers fear the Fed will have to force a recession to stabilize the market, some economists say a less severe scenario is possible.
- "A growing labor force could help economic growth and reduce wage inflation and thereby contribute to a lower rate of inflation," Thomas Berbraken, MSCI Research's executive director, told Axios in an email. "There does not necessarily need to be a drop in demand for inflation to come down."
The bottom line: These inflationary spikes won't last forever. But the days of cheap goods and services may feel like a distant memory.
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