Seven out of 10 Portuguese (72%) state that inflation has changed "slightly or completely" their purchasing power, according to the most recent Netsonda Barometer, carried out among 1,000 Portuguese aged 18 to 64.

"Currently, more than half (55%) of the Portuguese say they have changed their consumption habits slightly or completely, while 72% refer that inflation has changed their purchasing power/disposable income quite or completely", according to a report by Notícias ao Minuto.

As a result, the main measures taken by those who felt a greater loss in their purchasing power were going to restaurants less often (72%), buying less clothes/shoes/accessories (71%) and buying more own-brand products (71%).

The study reveals, however, that "there specific groups feel the impact more of rising prices and its effect on their disposable income".

"The Netsonda study advances that women, who have children, who have a net monthly household income of up to €2,000 and who have mortgage loans were the ones who most felt the impact of product inflation on their purchasing power".

"More than half of holders of mortgage loans with variable rates indexed to Euribor say they felt a very negative impact resulting from the rise in interest rates (Euribor), while 39% felt only some negative impact".