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Bidenomics Analysis; Dollar versus Yuan

Bidenomics Analysis Inflation has helped make President Joe Biden unpopular and he’s fighting back with the accusation of “price gouging” by the grocery business. Food inflation remains stubbornly high but not because of grocery store greed. Grocery store operating profits are still lower than those of other retailers, and much less than other industries. Kroger earned just 2.6 percent on sales of $34.2 billion in Q3 last year. Apple’s profit margin during that same period was 25.65 percent. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says that wage increases by workers in a tight labor market was a key contributor to grocery price increases. The Administration argues it has tried to bring down prices by subsidizing sma...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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