Toilet paper price rises, baby products on the rise

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Toilet paper price rises, baby products on the rise

The cost of toilet paper and other baby products is on the rise and consumers should brace for higher prices.

Scott, Cottonelle and Viva, the maker of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, announced its plans Wednesday to increase prices across a majority of its North America consumer products business.

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The increases are almost entirely implemented through changes in list prices and are necessary to offset substantial commodity cost inflation, the company said in a statement.

The percentage increases will be in the mid-to high single digits and will come by late June, according to the company. Baby and child care, adult care and Scott bathroom towels will also be impacted by the increase.

Last week, reports began circulating that products including toilet paper could face shortages due to the gigantic container ship Ever Given, that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week.

This led to a logjam with hundreds of vessels, holding billions in goods and threatening shortages for Americans.

The ship was rescued Monday after disrupting global trade for nearly a week, but shortages may continue.

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Toilet paper in particular had already encountered a shortage early in the pandemic after virus-wary consumers stockpiled the product ahead of lockdown orders.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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