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Here's How Much A Wal-Mart Pay Increase Would Cost Shoppers Per Trip

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Wal-Mart said last week that it would halt plans to open stores in D.C. because of a minimum-wage hike that would mandate a minimum hourly pay of $12.50. 

Executives said the pay increase would drive up prices for consumers. 

So how much would a higher minimum wage cost shoppers at Walmart?

About 46 cents per trip, reports Caroline Fairchild at The Huffington Post. 

That figure is based on a 2011 study by CUNY’s Stephanie Luce and University of California Berkeley’s Ken Jacobs and Dave Graham-Squire. 

“Even if Walmart decided to pass 100 per cent of the cost on to customers, store prices would still only increase by 1.1%,” Fairchild writes. 

Because the average customer spends $1,200 per year, that would amount to about $12 annually. 

A Walmart spokesperson said that anyone who thought price increases would be small had ”limited understanding of how a business operates.”

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