Spar-Chef Fritz Poppmeier, head of the leading domestic retail group, is worried about the high energy prices and the supply of natural gas. Without gas, dairies and meat processing would come to a standstill, he warned on Tuesday. Therefore, the gas storage tanks should be filled quickly. In view of the high inflation – currently 7.2 percent – the VAT on energy should be reduced and the cold progression should be abolished. With the second measure, more net remains from the gross.
There are currently no problems with the delivery of goods, at least not on a large scale. Only in the non-food area are there some delivery delays from China, the keyword being the corona lockdown in Shanghai with one of the largest ports in the world. Only a gas embargo by the EU or a gas supply stop by Vladimir Putin would be dramatic. Then the milk supply would collapse in Vienna, and meat would probably also be in short supply.