The high life: Inflation was moderate during 1995, but not...

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March 31, 1996

The high life: Inflation was moderate during 1995, but not where life's luxuries are concerned, finds the maker of Moet & Chandon champagne. Moet said its luxury index rose 6.75 percent last year while the government's Consumer Price Index was up 2.8 percent. Among the biggest increases: a man's Rolex watch, up 13.9 percent; a woman's mink coat, up 17.2 percent; and Petrossian beluga caviar, up 20.8 percent.

Coming trends: Pansies and jungle animals seem to be up and coming trends in consumer items, says Entrepreneur. The magazine reported pansies appeared on many household decorations exhibited at the California Gift Show, a product expo for jewelry, knickknacks, paper goods and other items found in card stores. And lions, tigers and other jungle animals "were everywhere."

Pub Date: 3/31/96

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