Food prices have been climbing at dollar and discount stores.

Both throughout and before the pandemic, stores like Dollar General  (DG) – Get Dollar General Corporation Report and Dollar Tree  (DLTR) – Get Dollar Tree, Inc. Report had been a way for buyers to fight inflation and obtain similar goods to what they buy at a supermarket at a lower cost — a situation that could soon change as many dollar stores (and discount stores like Dollar General) feel the brunt of rising prices.

Earlier today, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 7.9% inflation rise for the month of February. This is a 40-year high unseen since 1982. That’s a number driven by increased fuel and automobile costs, but it has also impacted food prices — and dollar/discount stores have seen prices rise even more than their bigger rivals.

Household goods and grocery prices saw some of the highest spikes in prices at a respective 15.3% and 11.5%, according to even more broken-down numbers from the data research company Numerator.

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