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Posted On: 5 August 2009 12:27 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Weekly consumer lists get coloured markers to show price movement

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The Consumer Protection Cell of the Ministry of Business and Trade has now begun using red and green indicators in its weekly price lists for basic food, non-food and children’s items to show whether the prices have gone up or down. The red indicator shows that the prices have gone up, while the green one indicates a downward movement. The tables are titled ‘Where to shop this week’, and are aimed at providing consumers a comparison of the prices of basic provisions in major outlets across Greater Doha. This week’s list posted by the Cell on the ministry’s website shows that the price of a 2.5-kg pack of condensed milk (Rainbow brand) has fallen to QR46 at various outlets, except at Carrefour, Lulu and Al Meera branches, where it is selling for QR56. The list likewise shows that the price of a 2.5-kg pack of Nido full-cream milk powder has come down to QR56.75 at Al Safeer and Family Food Centre but the same selling for QR63 in other places. The Cell’s price list covers Carrefour, the Al Meera chain of cooperatives, Lulu, Giant Stores, Safari, Family Food Centre (FFC), Mega Mart, Dasman and Duhail Shopping Centre. This is the 31st week the Cell has posted the extensive price list on the business and trade ministry’s website urging consumers to lodge complaints, if any, using a hotline (4945500). The list shows a 10-kg pack of Tilda rice is available at almost all the above outlets for QR139.25, while its rate is QR145 at Al Safeer. Punjab Basmati rice (10-kg pack), on the other hand, is available for QR62, except at Al Safeer, where it is selling for a riyal more. The price of Qatari flour remains stagnant at QR18 for a five-kg pack at most outlets except Safari, while a two-litre bottle of Afia edible oil is selling at QR16.75 at most outlets. A pack of Sadia chicken is available for QR11 at almost all the outlets mentioned above.