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Amidst high inflation, sari-sari stores are a lifeline for Filipinos

Prices are rising around the world, but while markets such as the US, UK and Australia are battling inflation rates of between six and eight per cent, consumers in the Philippines are paying as much as 15.62 per cent more than they did for certain items this time last year.  That is according to recent research by software provider Packworks in collaboration with Fourthwall, a sociocultural research firm, which looked at prices for food items in sari-sari stores, the local term for neighbou