PRICES of basic goods such as mealie-meal, meat, soap, toiletries, rice, sugar and vegetables are spiralling out of control due to a currency crisis precipitated by foreign currency shortages. The price increases will worsen consumers' situation because disposable incomes have always been under pressure due to a combination of poor salaries, high unemployment and the fact that Zimbabwe is a high cost producer. In fact, commodity shortages are already creeping in, with most retail shops running out of some essential goods due to foreign currency shortages. The price of chicken cuts has risen from around US$6 to US$7,80 and US$8,00 for a 2kg pocket, while a kilogramme of beef now costs US$5,90 in most retail outlets, from about US$4,30. A…